True movie fans are not only looking at the screen. They are also important to the atmosphere that surrounds them when watching a movie. Although today domestic cinemas with their spectacular picture and powerful sound get more and more popular, the collective experience is still in demand. It is this that makes you go up from the couch and go to the cinema. Some of them remain loved, even if they are located quite far.
Today these institutions try to keep the viewer with various tricks. This is the presence of new technologies, and original treats, soft chairs. The cinemas revive the style of the past, combining it with the world of the future. Thanks to new facilities, cinema itself can be perceived in a different way. In the world there are many original and authentic cinemas.
For example, in the legendary Castro in San Francisco, before the screening of the film, the organ plays in the evenings. Visitors seem to be transported to old Hollywood, touching his magic. It’s time to talk about those original cinemas that have learned to charm their viewers.
Colosseum Kino, Oslo, Norway.
This cinema is the largest and most famous in all of northern Europe. Thanks to its squat gray-cream dome, the exterior looks like a fantastic space ship, for some reason visiting Scandinavia. But the cinema was built in 1921. “The Palace of Cinema” throughout its 90-year history has always been in step with the times. In the 1950s, an innovative Cinemascope appeared here, and in the late 1990s the building underwent a large-scale reconstruction.
The Raj Mandir, Jaipur, India.
This Indian city is the center of transactions with precious stones. There was a place in it for the Bollywood Palace movie theater. Even sections of places have received the name of jewels – a diamond, an emerald and so on. And the cost of tickets in this cinema is very democratic – about $ 3. Raj Mandir was built in the mid-70’s, it is still considered the country’s main cinema. From the street the establishment is easily recognizable, thanks to its unusual façade of pink color. The hall inside the cinema is richly decorated. It resembles a ballroom dance hall in retro-deco style. The predominant colors here are also cream. Greatness is given to the cinema by portraits of Bollywood’s main icons, pasted on columns.
Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, Texas, USA.
This is a whole network of cinemas, famous for its independence. Here, even the most revered regular customer can be kicked out of the room for using a mobile phone during a session. And let it be just a text message from one word, there can be no exceptions. The administration believes that it is necessary to have all the thoughts in the cinema, without being distracted by an outsider. In addition, the establishment in Texas has its own unique appearance. It was founded 14 years ago at Austin’s former covered parking lot. Later, Driftouse appeared in Virginia. It is noteworthy that each cinema houses the same set of films. Straight to the armchair, dressed in black waiters bring cold beer. Here they propose to get the most from the spirit of the tape. For example, during the “Lord of the Rings” show at the “Hobbit Festival” event, guests were invited to eat only when screen characters did it. At some shows, guests are encouraged to dress just like the protagonist. Otherwise, the visitor will simply not be allowed into the hall.
Sun Pictures Cinema, Broome, Australia.
This movie theater is known for being the oldest of those working in the open air. Created this institution in Australia in 1916 from pieces of corrugated iron and trunks of the local eucalyptus. The cinema was supposed to entertain the inhabitants of a small and remote town, which lived the prey of pearls. At one time there was shown the first silent movie – a bright racing drama “Kissing bowl”. In the early 1980s, the cinema almost did not cease to exist, but rich businessmen saved the local landmark.They managed to preserve its original appearance. The seats here are still made of sun loungers, the toilets are indicated by the words “Vivienne” and “Humphrey”. In this unique way, the stars of the old Hollywood are immortalized. Along the wooden frame hung Chinese lanterns. They shine on the deep black background of the vast desert. Only this spectacle is worth it! Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon, USA.
In Oregon under the name “McMenamins” is known a large local network of beer bars and entertainment venues. It includes more different establishments in Portland. Some of them use old buildings, which were replaced by both appearance and purpose. One of them is the former Kennedy Primary School. Now in its place is a hotel with 35 rooms and a restaurant. Inside, in the old auditorium, a 300-seat cinema was created. Every night, retro films are shown here. For children, matinees are provided for sessions. Visitors are attracted here by comfortable chairs and a favorite by many beer menu “McMenamins”. Such an unusual cinema will allow you to really relax.
ReRun Cinema, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
In the summer of 2010, a new cinema was opened in the annex to the LeBar snack bar. He quickly fell in love with the inhabitants of the Brooklyn port area of Dumbo. The cinema shows those films that were not worthy of attention of the public, which were not advertised, but can boast of their independence. The room has a standard DVD player, and the image on the four-meter screen is fed by a projector. Spectators are seated in modified car seats, which even retained seat belts. Organizers seriously reacted to the transformation of the offered snacks. To the traditional species, only popcorn is served, but its variety amazes. There are even varieties with the taste of bacon or duck.
Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France.
This institution has a rather unusual appearance. There was a cinema in the Cubist complex “Frank Gehry” on the banks of the Seine. This is the real treasure of the French cinema, because after the war such directors of the “New Wave” as Godard and Truffaut ripened. The cinema houses one of the largest archives of film materials in the world. On four screens you can see the choice from this priceless library, but there are also premieres.
The Castro Theater, San Francisco, USA.
This old cinema would be more appropriate to be called a film-maker. He is a real gem of the Mediterranean Revival Timothy Pfluger. Behind the magnificent facade is an even more luxurious interior. It stands out foaming balconies, and on the walls there are busts of ancient heroes. The cinema shows mostly retro classics and foreign tapes. Here comes the most enthusiastic urban audience. For the evening shows in the “Castro” viewers come early, because here plays organ Vurlitzer. After the end of the music mixes, there is always an encouraging sound of Judy Garland’s San Francisco hit. An incendiary melody makes the audience clap their hands. The atmosphere of a cult institution will certainly be imbued with everyone who will visit here at least once.
The Electric Cinema, London, UK.
In the bohemian area of Notting Hill is an elegant and comfortable cinema. It is aimed at wealthy viewers. It is interesting that this area was famous for its cinema, not for this hall, but for the romantic comedy of 1999 with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. In the cinema, they offer both popular cash registers and vintage documentary. Here you can comfortably sit in soft leather chairs, and put your feet on a special stand. On the last row there is a secluded double sofa, especially for those who see in the cinema a romantic atmosphere for kissing.
Cine Acapulco, Havana, Cuba.
During the heyday of Cuba in Havana, there were 130 cinemas.Today the situation is not so rosy – only one third of the former number is functioning. It is allocated from the general number club “Acapulco”. Everyone who comes here can mentally move to the same blessed 1930s-1950s. The cinema opened in 1958, becoming the last luxury institution of this type until coming to power in the country of Castro. Then the institution was designed in a modern style, trimmed with wooden panels, decorated with ornaments and large mirrors. Today in “Acapulco” everyone is also keen on cinema. But only modern attributes like air conditioning are missing in the halls.
The Cine de Chef, Seoul, Korea.
A luxury cinema can only accept 30 viewers in its armchairs. They leave their cars in the parking lot and on a private lift go up to the Cordon Blue Cafe. There you can have a bite of modern Asian cuisine. Directly the hall with a wide cinema screen resembles a room for a closed display of films to influential people. Each pair of armchairs has a footrest and side tables for eating. Tickets to this institution are not cheap, they cost at least $ 54. But there is a category of viewers who can afford such a waste for the sake of love of cinema and comfort.