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Please browse the following museum and heritage websites which are relevant to our proposals to restore the Royalty.

ARTRIX Arts Centre Bromsgrove
With a 300 seat theatre, ARTRIX put on a variety of events including film, theatre, comedy and community activity.
To visit their site click here.

Cinema film and projection heritage network.

In 70mm

"To record the history of the large format movies and the 70mm cinemas as remembered by the people who worked with the films. Both during making and during running the films in projection rooms and as the audience, looking at the curved screen." - a free, not for profit, web magazine, with more than 550 articles about all aspects of 70mm Films, history and technology. Some previously published in The 70mm Newsletter between 1994 and 2005. Most are written by readers and you are invited to write your story too. is building a web site of documentation, 70mm equipment, stills, ads, movie credits and a complete list of all known movies shown in 70mm and 3-panel and filmed in a photographic processes wider and larger than 4 perf/35mm film. is a private enterprise. A hobby project. The owner and editor is Thomas Hauerslev, who can be reached via e-mail.

There is an interesting piece on development of projection 1895-1930 by Rob Mitchell under News/2014.

In the Cyber Museum we feature extensive coverage of Cinerama, CinemaScope, Technirama, Panavision, Vistavision, Superscope, Todd-AO, Technicolor, Cinecolor, Kinemacolor and other motion picture photographic processes. The web site also features a great deal of historic material on the development of early motion picture sound systems of the variable area and variable density optical soundtracks, plus Vitaphone sound on disc motion picture audio systems.

Welcome to the Scottish Cinemas project. This website is dedicated to recording and archiving our historic cinema architectural heritage, and to act as a information resource for people interested in that often overlooked part of our social history.
The project primarily concentrates on Scottish purpose built cinemas, with particular emphasis and details on the cinemas of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The focus of the website is to provide a photographic and historical record of all surviving cinema buildings, including those now unrecognisable or otherwise highly altered over the years. Cinemas that have now been demolished are also featured where photographs exist and copyright allows us to use them.
A network of volunteers means that the website is constantly expanding and there are frequent updates of new material and cinema news.
We aim to present photographic references of the current state of these buildings, highlighting original decorative features where they survive, and often focusing on how they have been adapted for other uses, while at the same time telling their history with the help of archive material where available.

The Projected Picture Trust

Welcome to the online home of The Projected Picture Trust. The objectives of the Trust are encapsulated in the statement: To locate, preserve, renovate and exhibit the equipment and data, past and present, of still and moving images”.

Situated right in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film, we exist to promote an appreciation and understanding of media through seven floors of galleries, an extensive collection and research facility, and three cinemas including the UK's first IMAX theatre.

London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema from the days before the multiplex. Set in historic surroundings in Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, the Cinema Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day.

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is home to one of the largest collections of material on the moving image in Britain. Both an accredited public museum and academic research facility, we have a collection of over 75,000 items. 1,000 items are on display in our Galleries. The Lower Gallery explores the development of pre-cinema visual culture up to 1910 and the Upper Gallery celebrates cinema from 1910 to the present. Everyone is welcome to visit our galleries and our research facilities are open to all.
The museum chronicles the development of optical entertainment from shadow-puppets and 17th century manuscripts to the most recent Hollywood blockbusters, including artefacts such as Magic Lanterns, rare books, prints, and an extensive variety of publicity materials. The diversity of this collection provides an insight into the changing dynamics of the moving image and the history of our relationship with it. aims to provide an introduction to the first decade of motion pictures and the developments which helped shape cinema as we know it today. The site is by no means a complete account of the development of cinema, and concentrates on the major events in cinema's history encouraging further reading and research.
A timeline picks out key events in the development of this exciting medium from the optical toys of the early 1800s through to experiments in motion capture and the work of Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers.
Meet some of the pioneers of this new medium and discover the effect their contributions had on moving pictures. has profiles of such leading figures as Thomas Edison, William Dickson, Georges Méliès, Birt Acres and the Lumière Brothers.
The technology of motion pictures is explored with a look at some of the major inventions in early cinema including the Zoetrope, Kinetoscope and Cinématographe.

An illustrated chronological history of the development of motion pictures covering 2500 years leading to the discovery of cinematography in the 1800's

The Projection Project is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which investigates cinematic projection. It documents the projectionist’s role as it passes into history, following the switch of most cinemas to digital projection between 2010 and 2012. It also looks at the contemporary expansion of projected images outside of the cinema.

Running from October 2014 to January 2018, the project will use interviews with projectionists, archive research, feature films and photographs to explore historical projection and the digital transformations of the twenty-first century.

Learning space dedicated to the art and analysis of film sound design. Historical information on early sound systems in cinemas too with many links to articles on cinema history.

A guide to Britains film and television history. Also facts and figures such as cinema attendance back to 1933 and numbers of feature films produced each year.

Film history, film movements, actors actresses, biographies.

Film Education Org

Following the closure of Film Education in April 2013 this site and its library of resources will remain accessible, free of charge, for teachers and their students across the UK.

Whilst no new content will be added to this site we are pleased to provide links to online teaching and educational resources.

Learning on Screen is a charity and membership organisation. We are experts in the use of moving image in education, delivering online academic databases, on demand video resources, training, information and advice. Our work is developed through communication with our members and through the findings of our specialist research unit, providing the higher and further education sector with trusted and scholarly audiovisual services.

We are currently transitioning into our new name and new branding. Over the coming weeks and months we will be regularly updating the site to reflect our new identity. During this transition, the URL will remain as ‘’; we will switch over to our new URL, ‘’,

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