In Search of Islington’s Lost Cinemas

22 November 2021


Venue: Walk around Islington (meeting place will be communicated to participants once they have booked)

Organiser: Sam Nightingale

Sam Nightingale is an artist who works with photography and video; his work has been included in exhibitions and film festivals in America, Australia and Europe. His practice is research driven and responds to site exploring and enlivening spectral spaces of cinema, both real and imagined, including: 'The Cinemas Project' (Australia), a project mapping cinema spectral spaces in rural Australia; 'Islington’s Lost Cinemas' (UK), a research project tracing the history of cinema in Islington; and 'Parallax Shifts: In Search of Imagined Landscapes' (USA), part of an Artist-in-Residence where Nightingale went in search of the imagined landscapes of the ‘Spaghetti Western’ in the deserts of the American South West.

Islington has a rich cinematic history as the former home of more than 40 movie theatres since cinema’s invention as well as being the birth place of one of the pioneers of British cinema R. W. Paul.

Join artist Sam Nightingale as he leads a morning walk around Angel, Essex Road and Upper Street in search of Islington’s Lost Cinemas. The walk is an opportunity to learn both about Islington’s rich cinematic past and the chance to discover the layers of history that are often hidden within the architecture of the urban everyday. In the walk we will see cinemas that are still standing, even if no longer used, picture-palaces that have left only ghostly traces of their former glory and structures that need our imagination to project the past into the present.

More can be found out about Islington’s Lost Cinemas at:, both a cultural history website and art project that charts and celebrates the history of cinemas in Islington.

Details about the meeting point will be communicated once booked.