Going to the cinema in the early twentieth century was a grand affair compared to today’s standards. The following picture shows a design for a facade for a cinema by Mr. Wm. Warman from 1922. The design of the building is Egyptian in style and includes statues of the muses of Tragedy, Comedy, Music, etc.
The interiors of the first picture houses were similarly impressive. Clearly borrowing the architectural and decorative designs from traditional theatres, these interiors are as far from the uninspiring Odeons and Cineworlds of today as we can imagine. The picture houses also had much bigger capacities, reflecting the popularity of the new medium.
From Cinematograph theatres. Series no. 2. Classmark 1923.12.47 and Cinematograph theatres: a series of illustrations, plans, etc., of picture houses. Classmark 1923.12.48