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The Cinema Theatre Association was founded in 1967 by journalist Eric George, who wanted to draw attention to the magnificent "cinema theatre" movie palaces of the Twenties and Thirties that were beginning to disappear from our towns and cities. Since then, the Association has widened its horizons to encompass all cinema and theatre buildings, from the humblest converted hall to the most modern multiplex. Our many and varied activities include providing information, through our Casework sub-committee, on the historical importance of cinemas, especially when they are being considered for listing or when alterations to listed cinemas are being proposed. Our regional groups in Scotland and Wales perform similar functions in their countries. We also organise visits to cinemas and theatres around the UK and overseas and our extensive Archive is available for anyone researching the history of these fascinating buildings We publish a bi-monthly Bulletin and, once a year, a full colour, high quality magazine, Picture House. We also publish books on cinema history, including the acclaimed series of definitive UK circuit histories by well-known author, and CTA Committee member, Allen Eyles.Visit website
At the National Science and Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, we explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. We aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. Our galleries and exhibition spaces investigate and celebrate photography, film, television, animation, videogames and sound technologies. Our team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination and get under the skin of our collections and exhibitions. And our three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre—allow us to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film.Visit website
We’re building the world’s largest guide to movie theaters.
We’re passionate about movie theaters and going to the movies. Since 2000, Cinema Treasures has united movie theatres and patrons to build the world’s most comprehensive guide to movie theatres, and help celebrate and preserve the moviegoing experience.
If you love cinema…
London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of
cinema from the days before the multiplex. Set in historic surroundings
in Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, The Cinema Museum
houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that
preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the
‘The Cinema Museum is culturally very important to the history of movies and gives insight into how things have changed. It was the work house where Charlie Chaplin went as a child. It is a monument of great importance to anyone interested in Cinema.’ – Sylvia Syms
We programme a network of over 20 cinemas, festivals and mixed arts
venues so that anyone can access a shared experience of life-changing
cinema in their community, offering a wider range of films to a wider
range of people.
We offer training so that independent cinema professionals can benefit from high-level knowledge that ensure our sector is successful, innovative and progressive.
We offer consultancy to help start, save and grow cinemas, making sure they stay economically viable and build their capacity.
We distribute films that make a contribution to the diversity of cinema culture in the UK and make a cultural intervention into the marketplace.
We offer free advice and information to make sure that everyone can show films and take part in our sector.
We run events for cinema professionals that help build a robust sector and encourage collaboration.
Here is a selection of redundant cinemas photographed since 2003. Some have been demolished, a few facades retained, whole buildings turned into churches and others remain in pretty well the same sorry state since first photographed. This cinema page was updated in June 2021. Read about their fortunes (or not).Visit website
The museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and
exhibition of the art, skills and dedication that goes into delivering
some of the world’s most successful films and TV shows.
These artefacts and relics are created and used for only a very short time to make those films before being discarded, and most are never seen again by the audience who cares so much about them. The National Film and Sci-Fi Museum is dedicated to saving these amazing creations and making them available for everyone to see and enjoy, and at the same time telling the story of their creation and the people who helped to revolutionise the way we see films today. Our team of volunteers are very busy working on the exhibits and displays and working with a team of experts from the film industry on the monumental task of bringing them to life, and sharing the magic of the art of film making.
Silent Cinemas explores the history of cinema exhibition in
London from the emergence of permanent film venues in 1906 to the end of the
silent film era around 1930. It documents the early lives of over 700 cinemas
across London and its suburbs, using information gathered from local histories,
city council records, film trade journals and directories, cinema programmes,
street directories and historic maps and plans. This information can be
accessed using the interactive London’s Silent Cinemas Map.
Other special features include a guide to the History of
London’s cinemas, and online Exhibitions, including an in-depth view of Cinema
and the West End, 1906-1930. London’s
Silent Cinemas is intended as a resource for cinema
researchers and teachers, historians and anyone interested in the early days of
film exhibition in London.
The cinema as a place of popular mass
entertainment towered over Liverpool in the first half of the last
century. This has left us a rich legacy, not only of picture house
buildings (rarely found in their original splendour, often altered and
sometimes in a dismal state of neglect), but also of the glorious
pictures made for an insatiable and loyal audience. Old black and white
photographs, posters, handbills, programmes and lobby cards all bear
witness to the fundamental role that cinema played in the lives of the
working people of Liverpool.
The city was home to some of the North West’s most luxurious picture houses – havens of escapism adorning every district.
Lime Street’s Palais De Luxe, The Forum and The Scala
were among the finest cinemas in a region well known for its affinity
for moving pictures. A night at the flick was originally a ‘complete
The London Project is a major study of the film business in London,
1894-1914, organised by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television
Studies. The London Project has produced a searchable database documenting
cinemas and film businesses in London before the First World War.
The London Project is examining how the new film industry developed in
London, from the first peepshow Kinetoscope parlour in Oxford Street opened by
Maguire & Baucus in October 1894, through to the building of studios in the
suburbs and the dynamic spread of cinemas large and small throughout the city,
as well as documenting London's leading role as a worldwide sales and
distribution centre for film.
Welcome to the Scottish Cinemas project, a volunteer-led, non
profit site dedicated to recording and archiving our historic
cinema architectural heritage - an often overlooked part of
our social history. We try to provide a photographic and
historical record of all Scottish cinema buildings, including
those now unrecognisable or otherwise highly altered over the
years. Cinemas that have now been demolished are also featured
where photographs exist and copyright allows us to use them.
There are now over 1,140 cinemas in the database, of which we have images of over 800 buildings in over 250 different places around Scotland!
We welcome contributions of information, photographs, memories or anything else related to Scotland's cinemas.
Listed are all the areas we have bingo hall listings for. Click on
the area and it will take you to a list of lost halls in that area. You
can then click through to find out information on the individual lost
Included as many lost bingo halls were previously cinemas.
British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1978, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture. Over the last 50 years, this material has been used extensively by broadcasters, production companies, corporations, publishers, teachers and museums, among many others. The entire archive is available to view online for free.Visit website
The purpose of this website was always to be the first choices for anyone looking for anything relating to projectors or cinema and that purpose has always guided the direction that site has gone in. However, the second important thing was that this site should not duplicate information which is available on other sites, instead this site tends to link to the relevant site, rather than recreating it here.Visit website
Do you have a favourite cinema? Share a photo of the best movie theatre in
your area and tell us why you love it. We'll create a gallery of your best
pictures on the Guardian site
What makes a great cinema? A varied programme? Comfortable
seating? Attractive decor? Polite and dedicated staff?
For the last couple of years readers have been telling us
about their favourite cinemas for our continuing Cine-files series – and we'd
like to hear about more film theatres, wherever they are in the world.
Matt Lambros is a photographer based in New York City. He remembers:
Abandoned architecture has fascinated me since I was five years old. My grandmother used to take my brother and I in to investigate any old barn she happened to drive past. She was curious about what was left behind, and her inquisitive nature made a lasting impression on me. I’ve spent ten years composing photographic obituaries for once-thriving buildings that are now crumbled and forgotten. My hope for my work is that it will shine light on beautiful, dated architecture and on the equal yet sinister beauty in decay. “After The Final Curtain” is a photographic documentation of the effects of years of neglect and decay in some of America’s greatest theatres as well as a journey into some that have been reborn.
Kent MOMI is a not-for-profit museum
that explores the deep history of the moving image — from the days of
candle-lit magic lantern performances and hand-painted slides, through
Victorian visual experimentation, to the advent and heyday of the cinema.
The museum is
situated in the heart of the picturesque Kent seaside town of Deal, two
minutes' walk from Deal Railway Station and Deal Pier and Seafront.
We believe in
community and access. All of our exhibitions are changing "special"
exhibitions — so there will always be something new to see. Follow us on social
media and be a part of the project!
When you walk into a movie theatre, you probably don’t think much about what’s going on in the projection booth.
You picked the theatre because it was conveniently
located, or because it was showing the movie you wanted to see at the
time you wanted to see it, or perhaps because it had oversize
comfortable seating. You went because you wanted to see a movie — a
story told in sound and pictures — not a demonstration of projector
But a movie shown in a theatre isn’t just a movie. It’s a presentation.
Just as the arrangement of food on a plate is an
important part of a restaurant experience, and the framing and placement
of paintings is integral to a museum visit, the way a movie is
projected can have a meaningful impact on your theatrical experience.
Great projection can make a movie sharper, more colourful, more vivid and
engaging — while poor projection can be a movie-ruining distraction.
Understanding the nuances of movie projection, and the
different projection options available to moviegoers, can help you make
the most of the cinematic experience you pay good money for. But
understanding those nuances means understanding how projection has
changed over the years, and how technological advances have affected not
only what we see on the screen but how it gets on that screen.
ACMI is your museum of screen culture. Navigate the universe of film, TV, videogames and art with us. Located
in the heart of Melbourne's Fed Square, ACMI (formerly Australian
Centre for the Moving Image) celebrates the wonder and power of the
world’s most democratic artform – fostering the next generation of
makers, players and watchers. ACMI’s vibrant calendar of exhibitions,
screenings, commissions, festivals, and industry and education programs
explore the stories, technologies and artists that create our shared
DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum is a leading,
forward-thinking international film heritage organization. We are a
pioneer in preserving and sharing film culture with a worldwide public,
uniquely combining museum, cinema, archives and collections, festivals,
digital platforms, research and digitization projects and numerous
educational programs. Based in the diverse and dynamic city of
Frankfurt, Germany, we actively work toward intercultural understanding,
cultivating connections to institutions and initiatives in the film
arts and sciences around the world. We link the history, materiality and
meaning of film to the digital future. Promoting film culture,
in close collaboration with our audiences, is our mission. As a team of
more than 200, we bring our professional knowledge and infinite passion
for film to all that we do. For us, everything is film, and film is
The Hollywood Museum, the official museum of Hollywood, has the most
extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. The museum,
featuring four floors of breathtaking exhibits, is home to more than
10,000 authentic show biz treasures– one of a kind costumes, props,
photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections and personal artifacts,
posters, and vintage memorabilia from favourite films and TV shows. The
museum also showcases the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of
Don’t miss the lower level to experience Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Boris Karloff’s mummy, Vampira, Frankenstein and his bride, Elvira– Mistress of the Dark, and other cult horror film favorites.
In 1936, Henri Langlois, cinephile and visionary, created La Cinémathèque française in order to
save from destruction the films, costumes, sets, posters and other treasures of the
movie theatre. He was the first to consider cinema as an art to be preserved,
restored and exhibited.
Eight decades later, in a resolutely modern building entirely dedicated to the 7th
art, La Cinémathèque française unveils cinema in a unique way thanks to
to its many activities and one of the most important cinema collections in
A true crossroads of cinephilies, it constantly revisits cinema through
all eras, all backgrounds and all genres. It thus allows
spectators to make wonderful cinematographic discoveries and for the young generation to rub shoulders with the history of cinema on a daily basis.
Among the most important in the world for its rich heritage and the
diversity of its scientific and educational activities, the National
Museum of Cinema owes its uniqueness to its exhibition set-up. Hosted by
the Mole Antonelliana, a landmark monument and symbol of Turin, this
"temple of cinema" spirals upwards through several exhibition levels,
creating a spectacular display of its extraordinary collections and
retracing the history of cinema from its origins to the present time, in
an evocative interactive itinerary.
The National Museum of Cinema is always attentive to different audiences’ needs. It adopts measures to facilitate the participation of all visitors and allow them to move around with ease and enjoy the Museum.
The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is home to one of the largest
collections of material on the moving image in Britain. Both an
accredited public museum and academic research facility, we have a
collection of over 85,000 items. 1,000 items are on display in our
Galleries. The Lower Gallery explores the development of pre-cinema
visual culture up to 1910 and the Upper Gallery celebrates cinema from
1910 to the present. Everyone is welcome to visit our galleries seven
days a week (except bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year)
and our research facilities are open to all each weekday.
The museum chronicles the development of optical entertainment from shadow-puppets and 17th
century manuscripts to the most recent Hollywood blockbusters,
including artefacts such as Magic Lanterns, rare books, prints, and an
extensive variety of publicity materials. The diversity of this
collection provides an insight into the changing dynamics of the moving
image and the history of our relationship with it.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is the largest museum in
the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of
moviemaking. Global in outlook and grounded in the unparalleled
collections and expertise of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, the Academy Museum offers exceptional exhibitions and programs
that illuminate the world of cinema. They are immersive and dynamic and
tell the many stories of the movies—their art, technology, artists,
history, and social impact—through a variety of diverse and engaging
voices. The Academy Museum will tell complete stories of
moviemaking—celebratory, educational, and sometimes critical or
uncomfortable.Designed by Pritzker Prize—winning architect Renzo
Piano, the Academy Museum’s seven floors feature exhibition spaces,
education and special event spaces, a conservation studio, a café, and a
museum store. In addition, the museum’s 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater
and 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will present a year-round calendar of
screenings, film series, member programs, panel discussions, family
programs, and symposia. Programs will include retrospectives and
thematic series that illuminate the artistic and cultural contributions
of an international selection of movie artists.
Eye, as the only museum for film
heritage and film culture, manages the cinematographic heritage of the
Netherlands: an internationally leading collection - with more than
55,000 films, 60% of which are international - spanning the entire
history of film. The ever-growing Eye collection also includes hundreds
of thousands of photos, posters, sheet music, (pre)cinema equipment,
archives of filmmakers and an extensive library collection. Eye is
responsible for the long-term preservation, making accessible,
contextualizing and keeping the film collection in the Netherlands
Film is unabatedly popular and everywhere. We live in a mediated society surrounded by moving images. In this abundance of images and films, we strive to point the way and connect: to and with that which is (historically) important, which is special, wonderful or urgent. We want to highlight the diversity of our collection and our programming.
We show that there are multiple perspectives on (film) history. Not only do we want to be guides ourselves, but we also want to open up our collection and our museum to new and as yet unheard of makers and storytellers. We make educational programs in-house and for education throughout the Netherlands. Internationally, we promote Dutch film culture across the board.
For movie buffs, this is where it all started. Le
Cinématographe was born on rue du Premier-Film, in the centre of the Monplaisir
district of Lyon, where today only remain, the hangar factory and the Villa
Lumière which stands out with its imposing silhouette. The Lumière Museum pays
homage to Louis and Augustus and presents their finest finds in the elegant
decor of the family home, between ornate ceilings, monumental staircase, and
glass roof of the winter garden.
It was in 2002 that Dominique Païni , then Director of the Cultural Development Department of the Centre Georges Pompidou, designed the scenography of the current route, according to the three floors and twenty-one rooms open to the public.
The museum, of course, gives pride of place to the Cinematograph , the most famous invention of the Lumière brothers. He replaces it in the long history of moving images, from magic lanterns to the prototype developed by Louis for his first film tests on paper in 1894. Thanks to the collection of old cameras assembled by Dr. Paul Génard and acquired in 2003, the exhibition presents essential technical masterpieces such as Edison's kinetoscope, the Demenÿ chronophotograph or the Cinematograph Lumière "n ° 1" which screened the first ten films on December 28, 1895, at the Grand Café in Paris, in front of the 33 spectators of the first paying public screening. A few weeks later, "Light operators" left all around the world to film other countries, other lives. The films shown on the museum's screens tell of their curiosity, their sense of framing and aesthetics.