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Old August 22nd, 2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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Cinema architecture

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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Colosseum kino/cinema here in Oslo, Norway. Dating from 1928.

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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Balwyn Cinemas Melbourne

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Rivoli Cinemas Melbourne

Astor Theaters Melbourne
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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Majestic Theatre, 1928. Built as a permanent Chinese opera hall, later doubling as a cinema, before converted into a full cinema. The cinema shut down in 1998, later it was converted into a shopping mall in 2002 (very bad idea!!!), which destroyed all of the ornate interior save for the ceiling and the proscenium arch ornament. The mall was dead from the beginning and the mall shut down in 2007. Several small shops were rented on the first level until few years ago. Currently the oldest cinema standing.

Capitol Theatre, built 1929. Also doubled as a theatrical hall. Shut down in 1998 and abandoned since. Currently undergoing renovation.

Rex Theatre, probably the oldest pure cinema hall. Opened 1946, closed in 1980s. Later became a skating rink, a church and various sleazy nightclubs. Reopened as cinema few years ago.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 02:51 PM   #5
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Because Manila was an American colonial city in the decades prior to World War 2, she has inherited many facets of American cities from that era. Here's how Avenida Rizal (Manila's theater district) looked like in the 1930's:

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Riza Ave, Manila, Philippines postcard 1930's by orngejuglr, on Flickr

World War 2 happened, and everything architectural, design and aesthetics-related has gone on a downward spiral ever since, including cinema theaters (and most sadly, the culture surrounding them)

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Rizal Avenue by Beyond Forgetting, on Flickr

Capitol Theater
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Capitol Theater by Xtian Bederico, on Flickr

Galaxy Theater
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entering another galaxy by Stitch, on Flickr

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Deluxe by Flicku!, on Flickr

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Ever by Flicku!, on Flickr

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Dilson Theater by Flicku!, on Flickr

Life Theater (Now Villonco Building)
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T.Villongco Building by Gee Juan, on Flickr

Lyric Theater (gone)
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MANILA_Lyric Theatre, Escolta_Curteich by Performing Arts / Artes Escénicas, on Flickr

Times Theater

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Ideal Cinema (gone)
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State Theater (gone)


And the grandest of all Manila's old theaters, an art deco masterpiece: the Metropolitan.

Partially destroyed in World War 2:
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1945 War torn Metropolitan Theater, Manila, Philippines by John T Pilot, on Flickr

Currently in a semi-derelict state:
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Metropolitan Museum at Dusk by BeeBoy, on Flickr

To add insult to injury, Filipinos no longer watch movies in standalone cinemas, leading to further decay of these treasures. Modern cinemas in cavernous malls have since taken their place.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #6
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How sad. This just shows that we Filipinos are the ones who destroys our own unique culture. It's just sad because we have the cultures of the Oriental and the Occidental and gained prestigious titles like the 'Most Beautiful City in the Far East', 'The Pearl of the Orient', 'The Queen of the Pacific'. We really need to revive what was lost in our culture.
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Será que posso pegar algumas fotos de cinema para colocar no site de um amigo?
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San Francisco, CA, USA:

Castro Theater (still open, still showing movies)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castro_Theatre

Alhambra Theater (converted to a gym)

Oakland, CA USA

Grand Lake Theater (still open)

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Orinda, CA, USA (SF suburb)

Orinda Theater (still open)

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Old February 27th, 2012, 05:57 AM   #9
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Thanks for sharing this old movie theatres, this really reminds old old day's
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