As I am thinking about compiling a book on Cardiff's Vanished Cinemas, I would love to hear from anyone with information, photographs and anecdotes about Cardiff's lost picture palaces
READER Sandie Chappell of Bailiff Bridge says: "Loved reading your article about the picture palaces
He began his cinema career as a trainee at the Associated British Cinemas (ABC) Selly Oak Cinema in 1966 and spent the following decade working in 18 different ABC picture palaces
Previous to the Capitol, which was opened in 1933 by Bert Gates, head of Aberdeen Picture Palaces
and owner of the majority of the city's cinemas, the Electric Cinema Theatre was built on this site in 1910 to accommodate Aberdeen's growing appetite for "moving pictures".
Once upon a time there were dozens of picture palaces
Well, it was kept in books and the shuddering shadows of the Movietone and Path news clips that we had watched in the old picture palaces
amid the crunch of popcorn and the giggling slurp and slap of kisses, before the main feature drew our eyes back to the big screen.
Most American movie theatres in the early 1960s, though, were neither shopping-center theatres nor drive-ins but downtown picture palaces
or inner-city neighborhood movie houses dating back to the pre-World War II studio-era of American cinema.
The Broadway Theatre District is home to a notable collection of grand old motion picture palaces
dating back to the 1920's including famous Golden Age theaters like The Orpheum, Los Angeles Theatre, Million Dollar Theatre, State Theatre, the Rialto and the Tower Theatres.
A full history of Theatre One/Alexandra can be found in Coventry Picture Palaces
by Coventry cinema historian and former Telegraph columnist the late Gil Robottom, published by Mercia Cinema Society.
On the other hand, film, the democratic art of the twentieth century, has left little impact on architecture and the built environment; almost all the great picture palaces
of the '20s and '30s are gone now, their plaster halls demolished or transmuted into utilitarian warrens of small-screen darkened burrows.
Some of these picture palaces
were on an epic scale, seating 1,500 people or more.
There were picture palaces
with ornate art decor facades supported on mock marble columns.