Summer blockbusters may come too late to save our oldest cinemas
Odeon is the latest to close art deco gems amid changing habits and the cost of living
Blockbusters are back. From Indiana Jones to Barbie, the new releases are ready to set box office tills ringing and could return cinema audience figures to pre-pandemic heights. For some of the oldest cinemas, however, it appears to be too late.
While multiplexes survive, a number of historic cinemas have shut their doors this month, many of them dating from the nation’s golden age of film in the 1930s. Some are even older. Art deco lights have gone out, a London landmark has closed and one of only two remaining cinema pipe organs has fallen silent.
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