A city holds many buildings that provide the public with entertainment and leisure. Theatre and Opera houses entertained and brought people together in the worst of times. Figure 1 depicts the beauty and elegance of the first cinema in Pittsburg. A cinema brought enjoyment and entertainment to all members of society.
Cinema began its screenings in 1890, and caught the attention of people very quickly, soon cinemas began to be places of socialising and interaction. Figure 2 shows us a place of turmoil,rise of Fascism within the Italian police in Bologna, Italy before world war began in 1914(Dunnage, 1963). A cinema took the role of a getaway place where people left their worries behind and socialised.
Cinema not only brought people together in Cities, the iconic Charlie Chaplin brought joy to the faces of soldiers during world war 1. Despite all the violence and death in Europe at the time, people were joined together in one place to enjoy laughter and movies. Cinemas can be compared to cafes where people met to discuss business for decades. The only expeption cinema was not a place of business, rather leisure and entertainment.
The Cinema industry started spreading and it was no longer just an european sensation, it was rather a global sensation. in early 20th century there wasnt many cinema theatres only cites had them. Looking at the world at the moment, not only cities but towns have them too, cinema stayed a place and space of recreation, geographically a city would not be complete without a cinema and its our societies demand to this day for cinemas to continue.
- Aronson, M. (2008) Nickelodeon City: Pittsburgh at the Movies 1905-1929,The Emponymous Nickelodeon, University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 16-20.
- Dunnage,J (1963) The Italian Police and the Rise of Fascism: A Case Study of the Province of Bologne 1897-1925, Preager Publishers, Westport,Connecticut, London, pp.50-61.