The Reuse Cinema project is almost complete with the team designing and installing a 50 seat cinema using reclaimed, diverted and salvaged materials from both the University and closed cinemas from around the UK. Several weeks ago we were asked by the contract manager overseeing the refurbishment of the Guild of Students, if we could possibly reuse some of the old lecture theater seats to build a cinema in one of the rooms. After scouring the internet, eBay and various long forgotten rooms in University basements we managed to find plenty of things. It all started with some blank walls:
The first job was to work out how many seats we could fit in and the best position. We managed to accommodate short leg room, extra leg room and wheelchair spaces.
Next was to transfer the design of the poster layout onto the wall.
We managed to get a complete set of pictures from a disused Glasgow cinema that had been displayed in the foyer.
We added a brief biography, film history and signature creating a hall of fame with an old 1970's cinema in use sign.
By now we had decided to try and create a bit of a museum tracing home entertainment from the music hall through to DVD. We managed to get some old projectors from the University stores and purchased a few more on eBay. We also wanted recognise some of the firsts in cinema history whilst also adding some nostalgia with old cigarette cards, adverts, tickets and cinema programmes from the 60's, 70's and 80's. By now we had finalised the layout of the poster wall.
The plinth's for the projectors were made from worktops salvaged from the engineering department and the machines traced the original 4" hand painted glass slide projector through to the introduction of super eight, stereo, colour etc.
Next came a feature to show the format war that took place when video was first introduced and how others tried to muscle in with different formats such as laser disc players. In the end, VHS won the war.
Next were the displays that we put together to commemorate stars of the silver screen, cinemas that are long gone etc.