The original cinema in 1910
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Tour inside the UK's oldest continually-running cinema

The Phoenix in North London was built in 1910 and is believed to be the UK's oldest continually-running cinema.

Several re-styles and different incarnations have seen it go from showing silent films in Edwardian times, through the art deco and inter-war period, before emerging as an art house cinema in the 1970s. Now run as an independent cinema by a charitable trust, it has recently undergone extensive refurbishment.

Ahead of the cinema's gala relaunch, film historian Gerry Turvey showed the BBC around the building and explained how some of the features reflect Britain's long cinematic heritage.

  • 23 Sep 2010