Cinemas at Risk

This building type is highly relevant to Britain’s architectural and social heritage of the first half of the Twentieth Century, when picture palaces were a cornerstone of everyday life, entertainment and social interchange. While the façades were sometimes kept modest, exciting worlds of fantasy and escapism were offered on the insides with the exotic and highly stylized interior decorative schemes transporting the customers into a different world. Since then, these once ubiquitous fixtures have started to disappear from our towns and cities and virtually intact examples are becoming increasingly rare.