Paintings of cinemas II

Last year I collected together some paintings of cinemas from various artists (see here), and it’s high time we had another little round up of what can be found on the internet.

First, the Newham Story website features two paintings by Eric Dawson of cinemas in this borough of London showing the magnificent interior of the Broadway cinema, Stratford, and the Carlton Cinema. You can find information about the history of cinemas in Newham here.

Eric Dawson: The intermission. The Broadway Cinema, Stratford.

Eric Dawson: The Carlton Cinema, Green Street

Next, another painting by William E. Rochfort from the Surrey Artists website that seems to be very much in keeping with the nostalgic affection artists have for the cinema. No-one paints multiplexes, and there is often an innocence to the way in which cinema-going is depicted.

William E. Rochfort: Tickets for Two

James Guentner’s depiction of the Art Cinema in Pittsburgh shows a very different side to American film theatres that punctures the naive image above. You can out more about the artist here.

James Guentner: Art Cinema in the 1980s

Paul Titterton is a member of the Bolton Art Circle and his painting of The Lido cinema is every bit as evocative of a certain era of cinema-going as the other works here. Cinemas are a popular topic for paintings and they are also a popular place to exhibit artworks; but while books of photographs of old cinemas are popular I cannot recall seeing anything specifically devoted to paintings. This is a shame because it is clear from the examples here and in the earlier post that artists draw on historical references and cultural memory to present an image of cinema-going that is very much at odds with the modern experience. They can tell us a great deal about how we relate to these places, and as many of the artists tend to be local to the areas they paint there is a certain ‘folk culture’ element that I find interesting. I’m sure someone must have done a study on this subject but I haven’t been able to find anything specific.

Paul Titteron: The Lido Cinema, Bradshawgate, Bolton

Paintings of cinemas are also about recording what is now lost. John A O’Neill’s painting of the Lyric Theatre was completed just a few weeks before The Lyric burnt down in 1995, and you can find an image of it ablaze here along with a history of the cinema.

John A O’Neill: The Lyric Theatre, Grangetown, near Middlesbrough

About Nick Redfern

I am an independent academic with over 15 years experience teaching film in higher education in the UK. I have taught film analysis, film industries, film theories, film history, science fiction at Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Central Lancashire, and Leeds Trinity University, where I was programme leader for film from 2016 to 2020. My research interests include computational film analysis, horror cinema, sound design, science fiction, film trailers, British cinema, and regional film cultures.

Posted on May 24, 2012, in Film Studies, Old Cinemas, Paintings and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Nick, thank you for using my painting of the Art Cinema. I have other paintings of cinemas if you are intersted. James Guentner paintedreality_17@yahoo.com

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