English Heritage recognised the importance of the Phoenix’s original barrel-vaulted ceiling and the Mollo and Egan decorative wall panels and in the cinema received a Grade II listing. The number of seats increased to In an English Heritage review resulted in some thirty cinemas acquiring listed status in recognition of their historic and architectural importance. In , the building was purchased by businessmen who had been involved in setting up East Sheen Picturedrome. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In , the cinema’s name changed to the ‘Coliseum’. At the beginning of the Trust’s ownership, there were barely funds to run the cinema. The turrets and decorative plasterwork were removed to give the exterior a more ‘modern’ look.
EngvarB from October Use dmy dates from October Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Coordinates on Wikidata. This page was last edited on 20 June , at But in , British cinema went through a huge transformation when the first sound film, The Jazz Singer , featuring the voice of the film’s star Al Jolson , premiered in the Piccadilly Theatre, London. So was the projection equipment with its carbon arcs. British films were therefore favoured and popular films were presented that had previously gone round the big circuits, allowing patrons to see films they had missed elsewhere or to see a favourite film a second time around. The colour scheme, like today, was red, bronze and gold. The original barrel vaulted ceiling was retained, but decorative Art Deco panels were added along the walls. Among the cinema’s biggest dramatic appearances were in TV comedy.
Please help improve this article by cinea citations to reliable sources. These alterations together with the improved sight lines from the seating raised the standard of the Rex to meet those of its north London competitors. The Cinematograph Act introduced laws to make cinemas safer. Neil Jordan chose the Phoenix as an early 20th-century cinema for a scene in his box-office hit, Interview with the Vampire: The heating was antiquated.
Advertising from reassured the public that “If it is good it’s on our screen”.
The original barrel vaulted ceiling was retained, but ccinema Art Deco panels were added along the walls. Inthe building was redesigned and rebuilt in an art deco style and reopened as the ‘Rex’ in September fictiln Inthe building was purchased by businessmen who had been involved in setting up East Sheen Picturedrome.
There was a full programme with a double-bill of two features, a major and minor release, a short and a newsreel, all at the same prices as the chains.
Upon his retirement, the fate of the cinema hung very much in the balance. In addition to a full programme of screenings, the Trust carries on educational and community work including Kids Club an activity 5—year olds, followed by a film screening ; Toddler Time an activity followed by a minute screening of an animation suitable for 2—4-year olds ; Bringing up Baby enabling parents and carers to enjoy the latest releases with their babies of up to a year old ; Film studies programme; Cinememories free dementia friendly screenings supported by a grant from The Mercer’s Company ; school screenings, holiday workshops and charity screenings.
As a result, more purpose-built cinemas began to appear from onwards including this one. It is run by a charity as a community cinema. Retrieved from ” https: The alterations of were a response to competition from seater “picture palaces” fidtion built by chains such as OdeonABC and Gaumont in the surrounding area. Cinemas across London started the transition to sound and on 22 July this cinema was the first in the area to show a sound film, screening Al Jolson’s The Singing Phoox.
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The first screening was of a film about the Titanic which had recently sunk. A projection box was built over the foyer to satisfy the requirements of the Cinematograph Actwith shutters over the windows to the auditorium which could be closed in case of fire.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Programming was another challenge. The Rex opened as an independent cinema compiling its own programmes, unlike the nearby chain cinemas, whose schedules were decided by their allied production companies. The Phoenix has also appeared in many films, TV series and photo shoots, providing the backdrop for anything from educational videos to fashion shoots to TV series and big feature films.
In an English Heritage review resulted in some thirty cinemas acquiring listed status in recognition of their historic and architectural importance. At this time, the typical programme was silent movies accompanied by live music, plus variety acts such as singers, magicians and comedians.
This involved considerable alteration to the flooring to create a rake for the seating. In Channel 4’s off-beat comedy series Black Books, the show’s anti-hero came in when his new alarm system locked him out of his own shop and a hapless Jez tries to impress Zahra on a ficgion to The Phoenix in series 7, episode 3 of Peep Show.
At the beginning of the Trust’s ownership, there were barely funds to run the cinema. It is one of the oldest continuously-running cinemas in the UK and shows mainly art-house films. Ina property company applied to Barnet Council for planning permission to build an office block on the site occupied by the cinema.
British films were therefore favoured and popular films were presented that had previously gone round the big circuits, allowing patrons to see films they had missed elsewhere or to see a favourite film a second time around. This page was last edited on 20 Juneat Views Read Edit View history. The building and adjoining land were bought by the Trust in December The Phoenix Cinema was built in by Premier Electric Theatres, however the company went bankrupt before the cinema could be opened.
Among the cinema’s biggest dramatic appearances were in TV comedy. Modern heating and ventilation systems were also installed. EngvarB from October Use dmy dates from October Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Coordinates on Wikidata.
The colour scheme, like today, was red, bronze and gold. Glazed black tiles set against cream plaster and a new canopy stretching across the width of the cinema were accompanied by a neon sign with the new name, The Rex. The auditorium was reversed, with the screen moving to the opposite end.
The longest film shoot at the cinema so far was for the British comedy Mr Love, made in starring Barry Jackson. The Rex’s programming policy in the late s allowed it to tailor its presentations to its public’s tastes. Sunday showings of older films and a standard mid-week change of programme when the circuits were holding a film for a whole week provided a rich diet for even the most enthusiastic cinemagoer.
Francis Colemanwho was prominent in the campaign to save the Phoenix, was the Trust’s first Chair. The number of seats increased to As one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in the UK and one of even fewer still operating as a cinema, the Phoenix is therefore protected from demolition or damaging alterations. Contemporary Films had won a quota system against mainstream distributors for newly released American and UK films, which meant that the Phoenix was able to ‘claim’ every fourth or fifth one.
Following the adventures of a projectionist, the Phoenix was a major star of the film for which the Phoenix’s chief projectionist served as a technical adviser. It fictoon built in and opened in as the East Finchley Picturedrome. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
So was the projection equipment with its carbon arcs.