1897 saw the first ever machine to display animated pictures or movies, patented in the United States the device was initially named the ‘wheel of life’ or the ‘zoopraxiscope’ by its creator William Lincoln. Moving drawings or photographs were viewed through a slit in the Zoopraxiscope and projected onto a canvas; the principles of cinematic technology had been established but were undeniably primitive in comparison to the 3-dimensional technology of today. Arguably modern technology has extracted a certain raw quality from cinema; an element of unrefined film, lost somewhere between special effects and CGI animation.
There is something magical, almost romantic about the cinema. We indulge ourselves into an escapist mentality, for 90 minutes we are free, our lives are seemingly suspended in a dream-like state. Aside from the film, what makes the movie theatre so fascinating is perhaps a combination of the poorly lit isles and the inevitable sugar rush from the traditional confectionary. The concept of film and cinema is a powerful muse for our imaginations; the experience of watching films at the cinema combines our passion for the silver screen, the thrill of watching new releases and the venture from the living room couch. Personally the cinema denotes a certain sense of nostalgia and misspent youth; as a teenager my social life revolved around Saturday nights in a northern working-class town with the cinema at the core. Trips to the cinema were crystallised with the thrill of staying out past eleven, found memories which have developed into a passion for film.