Describe A Place: A Theatre

Suburban cinemas were often pretty comfortless places. While the entrance could be quite imposing with the box office generally at the top of a flight of white marble steps, presumably to accommodate the rake, the auditorium itself was often not much more than a hangar, the aisle carpeted but he seats on lino or even bare concrete. Wartime meant there was no ice cream but enroute to the cinema we would generally call at a sweet shop and get what Dad called ‘some spice’, provided, of course, we had the points, sweet rationing the most irksome of wartime restrictions and still in force as late as 1952 when I went in the army.

Alan Bennett
Poster by Henri Ott, 1953, theatre
Poster by Henri Ott, 1953
Seymour Joseph Guy - At the Opera 1887
Seymour Joseph Guy – At the Opera 1887
Illustration by Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) old school movies
Illustration by Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) old school movies
At the Opera, Harrison Fisher, c. 1901
At the Theatre by Ward Brackett (1914-2006)
At the Theatre by Ward Brackett (1914-2006)
Edward Hopper - A Theater Entrance (c1906-10)
Edward Hopper – A Theater Entrance (c1906-10)
George Hughes Theater Rehearsal With Maid
George Hughes Theater Rehearsal With Maid
  • Ancinemation: The curious act of waiting in line to see a movie and watching exiting movie goers’ reactions to see if they liked the movie or not.
  • Cinemuck: The sticky substance on the floor of a movie theater.

– from the Sniglet entry of Wikipedia

Header painting: The Rossini Opera House (r.) Pesaro – Illustration by Achille Vildi, 1969

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