Lost Cinemas

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Multimedia presentation created as part of the Writer Development Programme at Yorkshire Arts Circus in 2005. Performed at Bradford's Theatre in the Mill and at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema (as part of the Off The Shelf Festival, 2005).

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Lost Cinemas

  1. 1. LOST CINEMAS WORDS: LOUISE COLE IMAGES: VAD FALCONE
  2. 2. <ul><li>Shuttered … silent … </li></ul><ul><li>Standing forgotten … </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the stardust now? </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Plush carpets … </li></ul><ul><li>The clean uniforms of the usherettes … </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s clubs … queues … </li></ul><ul><li>Jean Harlow … Mickey Mouse … </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>This is the wonder cinema … </li></ul><ul><li>Modern … functional … the future … </li></ul><ul><li>The teenagers pop their gum. </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>He’ll load the film into the projector … </li></ul><ul><li>One more time … </li></ul><ul><li>He is Mr Entertainment … </li></ul><ul><li>The man who changes the reels … </li></ul>
  6. 10. <ul><li>Come to watch the news … </li></ul><ul><li>Take in a classic before you catch </li></ul><ul><li>The last train home … </li></ul><ul><li>Dreamland … </li></ul><ul><li>Glamour … wonder … </li></ul>
  7. 12. <ul><li>The moving picture! </li></ul><ul><li>Where people just </li></ul><ul><li>like you … </li></ul><ul><li>yes, like you, sir … </li></ul><ul><li>can see shadows </li></ul><ul><li>of themselves </li></ul><ul><li>in shades of grey … </li></ul>
  8. 13. <ul><li>The 1920s … prosperity … </li></ul><ul><li>The talkies … </li></ul><ul><li>Three shows nightly … </li></ul><ul><li>Come to the restaurant, the ballroom … </li></ul><ul><li>Make a day of it … </li></ul>
  9. 15. <ul><li>Of course the people came. </li></ul><ul><li>Flocked to the new palaces of light … </li></ul><ul><li>Crushed in the plush seats </li></ul><ul><li>To see Clark Gable , Greta Garbo , </li></ul><ul><li>The Marx Brothers … </li></ul>
  10. 17. <ul><li>Seats at popular prices … </li></ul><ul><li>Come to the Tower … </li></ul><ul><li>See Bette Davis s u f f e r … </li></ul><ul><li>Watch Ruby Keeler d a n c e … </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot with the Cisco Kid … </li></ul>
  11. 19. <ul><li>The man who built the Abbey </li></ul><ul><li>Gave us </li></ul><ul><li>Five exits … </li></ul><ul><li>Fifteen ventilators … </li></ul><ul><li>An orchestral balcony … </li></ul>
  12. 21. <ul><li>From the fleapit </li></ul><ul><li>with jam jar prices … </li></ul><ul><li>To the plush </li></ul><ul><li>1,000 seater … </li></ul>
  13. 23. <ul><li>They are warehouses, supermarkets, </li></ul><ul><li>Garages, offices, churches, nightclubs, </li></ul><ul><li>Flats, and derelict spaces … </li></ul><ul><li>They are all around you … </li></ul>
  14. 25. <ul><li>You drive past them each day … </li></ul><ul><li>Calling to you … </li></ul><ul><li>Shadows of those days past … </li></ul><ul><li>Of MGM, Paramount, Fox, Gainsborough, </li></ul><ul><li>Lubin, Biograph, Universal, Rank, </li></ul><ul><li>Minerva, Selig, Columbia, Hepworth … </li></ul>
  15. 27. <ul><li>They become part of our lives … </li></ul><ul><li>Our dates … our drives … our dances … </li></ul><ul><li>They are our dreams … </li></ul><ul><li>Left where we found them … </li></ul>
  16. 29. <ul><li>The benchmark of a lost world … </li></ul><ul><li>“ hilarious comedy … </li></ul><ul><li>gorgeous spectacle” </li></ul>
  17. 31. <ul><li>Some are snatched from us in their </li></ul><ul><li>Respected old age … </li></ul>
  18. 33. <ul><li>Some a constant reminder … </li></ul><ul><li>Of what was … </li></ul><ul><li>What could be … </li></ul>
  19. 35. <ul><li>The birth of bingo … </li></ul><ul><li>The 1960s … </li></ul><ul><li>TV … </li></ul>
  20. 37. <ul><li>Hidden in unlikely places, </li></ul><ul><li>the dream palaces live on. </li></ul><ul><li>Sprinkling their m a g I c </li></ul><ul><li>into the buildings you see each day … </li></ul>
  21. 39. <ul><li>Some burn but stay alive … </li></ul><ul><li>A doorway alone since the 1930s … </li></ul>
  22. 41. <ul><li>Some linger … </li></ul><ul><li>Depleted … but surviving … </li></ul>
  23. 43. <ul><li>The super cinema … </li></ul><ul><li>Large … </li></ul><ul><li>Spacious … </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable … </li></ul><ul><li>Short-lived … </li></ul>
  24. 46. <ul><li>They live, they thrive … </li></ul><ul><li>They have died but they remain … </li></ul><ul><li>Lost cinemas … </li></ul><ul><li>Lost dreams … </li></ul>
  25. 50. <ul><li>68 screens in 1939 … </li></ul><ul><li>15 screens in 1980 … </li></ul><ul><li>Independents left today … </li></ul><ul><li>2 … </li></ul>
  26. 53. <ul><li>Thanks for watching … </li></ul><ul><li>any that we’ve missed, </li></ul><ul><li>let us know! </li></ul>
  27. 54. Lost cinemas … <ul><li>ABC, Vicar Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Odeon, Headrow </li></ul><ul><li>Odeon, Merrion Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Plaza, Upper Briggate </li></ul><ul><li>Classic, City Square </li></ul><ul><li>Coliseum-Gaumont, Cookridge Street </li></ul><ul><li>Majestic, City Square </li></ul><ul><li>Tower, Upper Briggate </li></ul><ul><li>Abbey, Kirkstall </li></ul><ul><li>Carr Crofts, Armley </li></ul><ul><li>Clock, Harehills </li></ul><ul><li>Glenroyal, Horsforth </li></ul><ul><li>Crown Electric, Wortley </li></ul><ul><li>Crown, Wortley </li></ul><ul><li>Imperial, Kirkstall Road </li></ul><ul><li>Lounge, Headingley </li></ul><ul><li>Lyric, Tong Road </li></ul><ul><li>Palace, Eyres Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Playhouse, Clarendon Way </li></ul><ul><li>Plaza, Wellington Road </li></ul><ul><li>Shaftesbury, York Road </li></ul><ul><li>Star, York Road </li></ul><ul><li>Western, Branch Road </li></ul><ul><li>Crescent, Dewsbury Road </li></ul><ul><li>Picture House, Pudsey </li></ul>

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