Some curios of old cinemas

Searching through the internet I came across a couple of items that were interesting in the context of British cinemas. First, a few items on the old Essoldo cinema chain. Artist Thomas-John Jarrat has painted an cityscape of Newcastle in the 1950s which features the Newcastle Essoldo prominently and is rather wonderful I think.

142878_The Essoldo

Also I came across a Hornby 00 gauge model of an Essoldo cinema showing The Lady Vanishes and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and which will set you back about £20.


John Ryan’s website has a really interesting feature of Essoldo cinemas, including virtual tours of Essoldo cinemas in the north-west of England. Access the virtual foyer here.

Finally, I also came across a paper model of an ABC cinema for your model railway, and which will cost you about £5.



About Nick Redfern

I graduated from the University of Kent in 1998 with a degree in Film Studies and History, and was awarded an MA by the same institution in 2002. I received my Ph.D. from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 for a thesis title 'Regionalism and the Cinema in the United Kingdom, 1992 to 2002.' I have taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire. My research interests include regional film cultures and industries in the United Kingdom; cognition and communication in the cinema; anxiety in contemporary Hollywood cinema; cinemetrics; and film style and film form. My work has been published in Entertext, the International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, the New Review of Film and Television Studies, Cyfrwng: Media Wales Journal, and the Journal of British Cinema and Television.

Posted on July 9, 2009, in British Cinema, Film Studies, Motion Picture Exhibition. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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