Old Art Deco cinemas are probably the most enduring type of Art Deco buildings we still have. Every city and town seems to have a faded old theater to remind us of the age of the silent movie and the first talkies. Though few are still used as movie houses now, and sadly a lot of them are empty and waiting to fall down.
The escapism of the movies appealed to everyone, and crowds of swooning
women would gather outside the movies of Rudolph Valentino. The glamour
of stars such as Clara Bow and Greta Garbo inspired flapper fashion,
the screen goddess look and even the way girls wore their makeup.
Sadly many of the old Art Deco theaters are in a sorry state nowadays. Sydney where I live has a few. The Hayden Orpheum at Cremorne is a wonderful example and is in fabulous condition.
Here are a few photos of it, inside and out:
Gorgeous Art Deco font in the Exit Sign. Ceilings with amazing chandeliers. Stunning Art Deco Statue in the Lobby.
Others are not in such good condition, - at least the Collaroy Cinema on Sydney's Northern Beaches is
still used as a picture house, though it is in dire need of a coat of
paint. Perhaps this page can help celebrate these lovely old buildings
and encourage those who can to renovate them and keep them for future
generations to enjoy.
So let's see if we can find as many forgotten and not so forgotten Art Deco picture palaces around the world and share them on these pages.
Here's another one from me to get us started.
Why not share its story with us? Does your town have a gorgeous old building that used to be a movie theater? Is it in need of a bit of TLC or has your community beautifully renovated their picture palace?
Has your local cinema been converted for use as something else fabulous, or does it need a campaign to rescue it?
Have you visited a great Art Deco cinema on your travels?
Share your stories here, you can upload one or more photos and your story will appear as a new webpage on Decolish. If you enter more than one photo, they will appear as thumbnails, but can be clicked on to see the larger image.
Are you involved in a campaign to save your local Art Deco Cinema? Include the link to the campaign, and I will convert it to a clickable link so we can all help save another bit of history.
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Hayden Orpheum Picture Place (Cremorne)
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