By (author) Allen Eyles
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Old Cinemas by Allen Eyles
Book DescriptionNo building type arouses more nostalgic affection than the traditional high street cinema, not only because of the impression made by the films on the screen and the havent if offered to courting couples, but also because of its own special atomosphere of expectations, relaxation and escape, usually enhanced by the decorative surroundings. Many picture huses were unremarkable, and some had decline to uncomfortable 'fleapits' but the cinema inspired architects and designers to create some of the most extravagant and some of the most avant-garde buildings erected in the twentieth century. Around 160 surviving English examples have become listed buildings. This book examines the rise and fall of the picture house in Britain before the advent of the dreary and unadventurous multiplex.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747804888
(210mm x 150mm x 4mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Allen Eyles
Croydon Cinemas, Paperback (March 2006)
Provides an insight into the history of cinema-going in Croydon during the last century. Featuring images which are accompanied by information and captions, this book is for all those who have fond memories of visiting Croydon's cinemas.
Odeon Cinemas, Paperback (March 2005)
Second of two volumes tracing the history of Britain's most famous cinema circuit.
Brighton and Hove Cinemas, Paperback (November 2003)
A history of Brighton & Hove cinemas
Granada Theatres, Paperback (September 1998)» View all books by Allen Eyles
The Granada circuit of cinemas was notable for the distinctive architectural style of Russian-born designer Theodore Komisarjevsky, and for the aggressive promotional flair of its head, Sidney Bernstein. This history covers all the circuit's cinemas.
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Author Biography - Allen Eyles
Hooked on films from the age of eleven, Allen Eyles, decided to make a living from his passion for cinema. He has written many film books, including careers studies of the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, Rex Harrison and others. After he obsereved the destruction of several notable cinemas, he began documenting their history and has authored books about the Gaumont, ABC and Granada circuits and is currently at work on a two-volume history of Odeon cinemas.
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