How British Cinemas have Changed in the Past 100 Years through Pictures.

Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses nationwide offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. Here’s a collection of 38 pictures that show how British cinemas have changed in the past 100 years.

 The Cinema House, Sheffield, 1914 The Regent Cinema, Sheffield, 1927


 The Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London, c.1928


The Granada, Tooting, London, c.1931


Gaumont Palace, King’s Road, London, 1934


The Savoy, Enfield, 1935


The Ritz, Barnsley, 1937


Gaumont Holloway, London, c.1937


Clock Cinema, Leeds, 1938


News Theatre (now Tyneside Cinema), Newcastle, 1938


The Academy Cinema, Oxford Street, London, c.1945


Warner West End (now Vue Leicester Square), London, 1946


The Carlton, Nottingham, 1946


National Film Theatre Telekinema at the Festival of Britain (later moved to the current BFI Southbank site), London, 1951


The Astoria, Charing Cross Road, London, 1956


Columbia Cinema (now Curzon Soho), London, 1958


The Empire Theatre (now The Empire Leicester Square), London, 1959


The Cosmo (now Glasgow Film Theatre), Glasgow, 1960


Curzon Mayfair, London, 1965


Cameo Royal Cinema, Great Windmill Street, London, 1967


The Florida, Enfield, 1970


EMI International Film Theatre (now Curzon Renoir), London, 1976


Filmhouse, Edinburgh, c.1979. Credit: Edinburgh Evening News.


Odeon Chelsea (now Curzon Chelsea), London, 1981


National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank), c.1981


Curzon West End (now Curzon Soho), London, 1985


Cornerhouse, Manchester, 1986


Curzon Phoenix, Phoenix Street, London, 1986


Curzon Mayfair, London, 1986


Showcase Cinemas, Nottingham, c.1988


UCI, Whiteley’s Shopping Centre, Bayswater, London, 1989


Broadway, Nottingham, 1993


Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton, 1995


QUAD, Derby, 2010. Credit: Graham Lucas Commons.


Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast, c.2012


Odeon BFI IMAX, London, 2012


Watershed, Bristol, 2014. Credit: Toby Farrow.


 The Showroom, Sheffield, 2014

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