The Leytonstone Picture Palace by Dominic Stinton

The Stone Space

The Leytonstone Picture Palace by Dominic Stinton

The Leytonstone Picture Palace is a video piece and installation inspired by the Rink Picture Palace, a now-defunct 1000 seater cinema that opened on Leytonstone High Road in 1911 (now a Matalan) just a few hundred metres from The Stone Space.

This cinema was to become a fixture of Leytonstone for decades and is still recalled with fondness and nostalgia by its older residents despite its closure in 1974. The Leytonstone Picture Palace is a celebration, tribute to, and document of this iconic, now lost picture palace. 

As installation, it pays tribute to the architecture of the cinema, which at one time included an interior designed by renowned Russian theatre director and designer Theodore Komisarjevsky.

Its video component will comprise of five new short films made by Dominic Stinton in collaboration with locally based artists and filmmakers. These new short films will take the titles of films shown at key moments in the history of The Rink Picture Palace as the inspiration for new films.

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