West Wilts

20th Century Cinema Design

Event type: Talk
Date: 23 October 2023
Time: 2:15 PM
Group: Architecture
Venue: St Thomas Church Hall / Lounge
The former Odeon Cinema, Blackpool, courtesy of Alan Cooper

Cinema Architecture in the 20th Century by Alan Cooper, 14:00 (refreshments) for 14:15 start

Alan will explore the changing architecture of UK cinemas throughout the 20th Century. Beginning with the adaption of Victorian & Edwardian music halls and theatres, through to art deco & atmospheric super cinemas of the thirties, then the post war decline and destruction with partitioning.

The 20C ended with a resurgence, with new massive multiplexes with up to 13 screens whilst other older cinemas have been lovingly restored by community and art-house independents.

Local cinemas to be included where appropriate