The lovely Art Deco architecture of the Dominion Cinema in Morningside. Designed by Thomas Bowhill Gibson and opened in the Streamline Moderne fashion in1938, back when our cinemas weren't mostly anonymous industrial units in multiplexes, but designed to create the effect of a palace of wonders and delights, the entire experience meant to be an escape from everyday life for the audiences, the cinema building itself, not just the films.
Still an independent, family-owned movie house, such a rarity in this day and age, it's not uncommon to see a member of the family in evening dress at the opening weekend of a big film, talking to audience members, asking them how they enjoyed the show.
Closed at the moment, like all others (god I miss my cinema going, I normally see several a month, mainstream and arthouse and indy alike, plus my film festival, also gone now this year). The posters on display are the ones from just before the Lockdown, as if the cinema has been frozen in time. Really hoping that when the Lockdown eases they are able to re-open - the quarantine is necessary, but it's hard on every business, and who knows how ones like cinemas, theatres, concert venues and sports stadia, which are designed to take large crowds of people close together, will function in the near future when they can re-open (if they can, many may not, worryingly). Will we be made to sit with an empty chair between each person or other necessary restrictions for safety's sake?
Who knows, uncharted waters.Hoping these places survive it, and so do those of us who want to support them.