There was a nice set of photos of Indian cinemas in a UK newspaper this morning ( http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/oct/05/indias-technicolour-pictu re-palaces-in-pictures
) which set me thinking – are there no "Historic cinemas" somewhere among the currently inscribed WHS? We certainly haven't yet identified a Connection for them and, to date, no purpose built cinemas have slipped into the Connection for "Theatres"!
Old cinemas have long been among the buildings I look for when sightseeing in a town or city – they are often faded Art Deco buildings which have fallen on hard times. Asmara (on Eritrea's T List) is the "world capital" of such buildings and may one day make it to inscription (see - http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Qi-KQchGks8C&pg=PA114&lpg=PA114&dq=asmara+cinemas& source=bl&ots=M1TFQKJcCx&sig=xa9g_Ce0mHRHfLdXKjBAXmzA5Qw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FmYxVKSnOM76aq 2YgegO&ved=0CGIQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=asmara%20cinemas&f=false
). My enthusiasm for taking photos of one of these which happened to be situated relatively near the presidential palace led to my arrest by a very aggressive soldier sticking his rifle barrel firmly into my back and marching me off!
Below are my "finds" to date. Beyond Asmara I think that Mumbai might well have at least one (e.g The Eros?) which would be very appropriate for the "home" of Bollywood! I have not been able to discover one in Napier -only an Art Deco theatre.
WHS containing historic "purpose built" cinemas (i.e Not converted theatres etc). Defined as pre-1950. The cinema doesn't have to be currently operational but must preserve the majority of the original structure. St Petersburg
"Aurora". (1913) Nevsky Prospect. http://www.avrora.spb.ru/history/
"Dom Kino" / "Rodina" (1914/16) Karavannaya Ul http://www.pallada-afina.com/portfolio/project.php?SECTION_ID=336Willemstad
"Cinelandia" (1941) Hendrikplein, Punda. Currently non operational http://www.docomomocuracao.org/pages/sub/18604/Cinelandia.htmlRiga
"Splendid Palace" (1923) Elizabetes iela 61 http://www.splendidpalace.lv/en/info/history-2Tel Aviv
"Esther" (1930/1) Dizzengoff Square (Now the "Cinema Hotel") http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15031Paramaribo
"Tower Bioscoop" (1948) Heerenstraat (said in 2006 to be partly in use as offices with the auditoium only occasionally used) http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/26662