WHAT IF no12: THE CINEMA IN CRYSTAL PALACE…

This is what the cinema currently looks (we took a few liberties by photoshopping out the cars and people walking by). It’s a very busy road.

BEFORE:

BUT WHAT IF…



This took ages! We wanted to restore the building and bring back a bit of art deco glamour.

The sign above the canopy would of course be lit. All the other type would be painted.

We are fans of old painted advertising on the sides of buildings. It would be nice to paint a new one to tell the story of the cinema like this:

We had a little bit of fun with the top of the building. One side says ‘established 1928’, the other ‘re-established 2012’.

We can only hope.

The cinema looks very run down and is central stage (pun intended) for the current campaign to save it from being turned into a church. The campaign website is worth looking at and has been backed by quite a few notable figures in the film industry.

http://www.campaign.picture-palace.org/

We support it too.

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12 Responses to “WHAT IF no12: THE CINEMA IN CRYSTAL PALACE…”


  1. 1 rialtista April 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! Love the Art Deco feel and the advertising on the wall and roof. Just what the Triangle needs, so we can all take pride in our past, present and future. What are the chances of it going ahead? I’d support it all the way.

  2. 2 leenewham April 12, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Thanks Rialista.

    Looks like the feedback on the Virtual Norwood forum has been positive too (http://www.virtualnorwood.com/forum/topic/7500-cinema-in-the-area/page__st__1365).

    Lets hops all goes well for 2012!

  3. 3 Liz April 14, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Oh wow – I love the art deco styling! It would be fantastic having such a charming functioning building in the area.

    Here’s hoping it gets funding.

    • 4 leenewham April 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Yes, fingers crossed. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  4. 5 rosamaria April 15, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Me encanta,es excelente el cambio de la preesntación del edificio, lo cualhan logrado a base de elementos como son: pintura, ´rótulos,ideas frescas “dejar estampada la historia para todos”.

    s interesantísimo ya que laarquitectura y estructuras del edificio se mantienen
    felicidades !!!!!!!!!!!

    • 6 leenewham April 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

      Gracias!

  5. 7 david May 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Check out The Rex in Berkhamstead for a success story in restoring a picture house from this period. H

    • 8 leenewham May 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks David, I will. Hopefully this will happen.
      Lee

  6. 9 Alex May 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Lovely, beautiful. Can’t wait!

    • 10 leenewham May 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      Thankyou Alex…fingers crossed!

  7. 11 erika November 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    LOVE IT! Returning to a the roots of its original style makes it timeless and a beautiful building to look at.


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