A night out to the movies: Gone with the wind!January 03, 2015
I am a huge fan of Vivien Leigh, and I love Gone with the Wind, but I don't like cinema's that much. Too many people packed like a can of sardines, people kicking at the back of your chair. Still, ofcourse, I couldn't let a chance to see an old movie in an old theatre pass by. Initially I thought we would probably be the only one who went to see the old movie, but there were a handful of people who also took the challenge to watch a movie of 4 hours long.
At 5 October 1918, the Luxor film theatre opened its doors, and it was a hit! People thronged at the entrance to get a film ticket. In 1919, the Luxor theatre became a bigger hit when silent films were shown, with live accompaniment and a narrator. In the mid-20s, the building was richly decorated with Art-Deco tiles, and was designed by architect J.Wibbelink.
In the 1930s the Luxor was exploited by the family Zieren. First by the father, and since the 1950s it was exploited by his son. During WWII, the Luxor theatre was an important medium and the public flocked to the cinema.
In the 1960s, the inside of the Luxor building was renovated to keep attracting people to the cinema in a world that was dominated by television in people's living rooms. However, the cinema exploiter suffered loss and closed its doors in 1987.