About the project

Melanie Counsell
Coronet Cinema
March - April 1993
Coronet Cinema, Mile End Road, London E1

Melanie Counsell transformed the interior of the Coronet Cinema on the Mile End Road in London's East End. Originally a music hall, the Coronet Cinema stands on a site used for entertainment for about 150 years. Little Titch starred there at the beginning of the century, and Charlie Chaplin appeared in Fred Karno's Mumming Birds. In the 30s it was converted into the Empire Cinema - its Art Deco auditorium remains today.

But then the 800 seat cinema was left empty, the seating ripped, the magic gone. Within this abandoned but still grand interior, Counsell recreated the intense interaction between the spectator and the screen. Using film and sound, Counsell weaved a concentrated experience of time for the silenced interior.

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