With so many cinemas and theatres now becoming churches, places of audiences are transforming into congregations; sites of tranformation of both place and body.
.The Clapton Cinematograph Theatre on Lower Clapton Road, built in 1910 hailed the popularisation of a new kind of entertainment; cinema. People would go to the cinema to escape, hear about news from far off lands, start new relationships and avoid old ones. The cinema became a place of weekly congregation.
But then this experience was monetised and the birth of the multiplex brought about the death of the local single screen cinema. The Clapton Cinematograph Theatre was left deserted.
In 2011, like a slew of abandoned heritage cinemas across the country the CCT was ressurrected. Bought out by St Mary of Zion Church, an Ethopian evangelical Church.
What is it about old cinemas that provide such fertile foundations for the establishment of God’s House?
Exploring the changing meaning of place through human experience at 78 Lower Clapton Road “The Old Cinematograph” details the affective quality of both Church & Cinema