Showcase Cinemas: An Outline History (The Brantwood Cinema)
by Philip Turner
ISBN 0953102157 (0-9531021-5-7)
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Softcover, Outline Publications, 1999
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Book summary: Established in August 1986 as a UK subsidiary to one of America's most powerful exhibitors, Showcase Cinemas owes its origins ultimately to National Amusements' founder, Michael Redstone, a former Boston night-club owner and pioneer also of the 'drive-in' movie theatre. Here, for the first time, and with the help of the original US parent, the doors of the prestigious UK exhibitor are thrown open to cinephiles world-wide, offering an insight into the British subsidiary's unique philosophy and development. And, with the aid of some previously unpublished photos, this book also takes in a highly illustrated architectural appraisal of several of the circuit's luxurious 'modern day supers' -- and, in particular, of their facades, foyers, auditoria, and projection galleries -- designed by internationally-respected architect, the Shrewsbury-based Abbey Hanson Rowe.
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