(c)  CINEMA SOUVENIRS, SOUTH AFRICA 2007-2013
CINEMA SOUVENIRS
A Tribute to the vintage cinemas of South Africa in words and pictures
South Africa once boasted some of the best, biggest and most opulent
atmospheric cinemas in the world. Sadly, with the onslaught of multi-screen
cinema complexes from the 1970s onwards, most of these grand  picture
palaces were abandoned and the majority of them demolished without
further ceremony. These thoughtless actions robbed the country of one of its
richest heritages, leaving nothing behind for future generations to admire.

It must be noted, however, that South Africa’s drastically changing
demographics from the 1980s onwards, culminating in a new political
dispensation for its entire people in 1994, must also share much of the
blame for the demise of those single screen cinemas that once stood so
proudly in every major city in the country. From the 1990s onward, as a
result of rising crime levels within the central business districts of each city,
as well as major towns - brought about by the overwhelming influx of jobless
and homeless persons to these areas, businesses per se, and especially
entertainment venues, moved to the suburbs and into large shopping malls
that afforded a safer environment for moviegoers. In the wake of these
developments lay the ruins of what were once the pride and joy of every city
and town – those grand old cinemas!

This site pays tribute to those magnificent structures which - once upon a
time - were the focal point in the social life of every moviegoer at least once
a week. So, let’s visit those 'bioscopes'…once more.
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