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GIVEAWAY – a copy of ABANDONED CINEMAS of the world

29th November 2020

We are so delighted to have a copy of Abandoned Cinemas by Simon Edelstein to give away. This is a beautiful and fascinating coffee table book that is absorbing and beautifully presented, and is a very poignant nod to times when cinema was in its heyday and when now, so many cinemas are closed because of Covid.


An outstanding photographic report which draws attention to the often dramatic fate of the world’s abandoned heritage and its frequently forgotten beauty.

The locations featured all have their own stories to tell, in a variety of voices, but with one shared theme: the fall from grace. Veteran photographer Simon Edelstein has spent 12 years travelling the world – the USA, France, Italy, India, Morocco and Cuba – in search of abandoned cinemas. Visiting far-flung cities in more than 30 countries, he discovered forgotten buildings whose timeworn facades still hint of their former glory.

These once-proud movie palaces, languishing under decades of dust, are far removed from their classic role as magnets for Saturday night crowds. With his skilful focus on their ageing facades, entrances and interiors, Edelstein brings these cinemas – and their splendid archaeological histories – back to life. This book is a tribute to reminders of the golden age of movie theatres the world over, now silent but not forgotten.


First. You must be a member of TripFiction to enter. If you are not a member already, just go to www.tripfiction.com and scroll down on the Home Page and click on the JOIN NOW tab. We do check that the winners are members!

Second. Tell us in the Comments below which actor/actress from the Silver Screen, past or present, would you invite to your dinner table? Would it be Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Charlie Chaplin…. or ????

Do so by midnight, Saturday 12 December 2020. The first name out of the hat will be sent the copy. International entries welcome!

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 16/12/2020 at 1:02 pm

    The winner is



  2. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 12/12/2020 at 8:46 pm

    Joanna Lumley – I just love the sound of her voice.


  3. User: fuzzb

    Posted on: 12/12/2020 at 7:51 pm

    My choice would definitely be Danny DeVito. He seems like such a genuine, interesting, funny, and kind person. I bet he has loads of great stories and I’d love to just chat with him!


  4. User: Marion Tanner

    Posted on: 12/12/2020 at 4:45 pm

    Mary Pickford,just exuded timeless class.In my opinion there is no comparison now


  5. User: Red Rose

    Posted on: 12/12/2020 at 1:21 pm

    I would love to invite Elizabeth Taylor.


  6. User: Jessica Baxter

    Posted on: 11/12/2020 at 12:59 pm

    It would have to be Meryl Streep! She has had such an interesting life.


  7. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 10/12/2020 at 8:33 pm

    Scarlett Ohara – this goddess had so much charisma and charm – love to dine and find out her recipe to sucess in life


  8. User: Tunde

    Posted on: 10/12/2020 at 12:27 pm

    I would invite Tom Hanks and his wife. He and Rita Wilson is the nicest couple in Hollywood. Their romance makes you swoon and they came over so much.


  9. User: Tunde Toth

    Posted on: 10/12/2020 at 11:37 am

    I would like to invite Tom Hanks. He and his wife Rita Wilson are known for being the nicest couple in Hollywood.


  10. User: Tom Ruffles

    Posted on: 08/12/2020 at 4:45 pm

    I would invite pioneer Laura Bayley (Laura Smith) so I could ask her about the films she was in, but also how many she made in her own right.


  11. User: Amy bondoc

    Posted on: 06/12/2020 at 5:26 pm

    audrey hepburn!


  12. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 05/12/2020 at 4:09 pm

    Audrey Hepburn. Her biography was fascinating, and I would love to hear her stories.


  13. User: Nigelg

    Posted on: 05/12/2020 at 2:42 pm

    Vincent Price – possibly the best ever actor!


  14. User: TakeMeWithYou

    Posted on: 02/12/2020 at 7:09 pm

    Tom Hanks would be one of the most interesting I think, given the incredible array of movies he’s been in. If I could have more than one, I’d also invite Gene Kelly (for charm and charisma) and Carrie Fisher (for the grade A fun).


  15. User: wendybiv

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 9:50 pm

    Cary Grant a real legend


  16. User: JUDITH WORKS

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 9:37 pm

    I’d love to have Marlene Dietrich visit!


  17. User: philatel

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 7:35 pm

    George Clooney if I had to choose – but I’d also love Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy!


  18. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 7:13 pm

    Hello, I would invite Katherine Hepburn because I bet she had a very interesting life.


  19. User: esmithies@btinternet.com

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 4:46 pm

    Doris day – if the conversation runs out she could entertain everyone with a song


  20. User: Marie Nicholson

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 3:33 pm

    Pacino or de Niro? I’ll go for de Niro because I want to know how he managed to incorporate those little gestures that linked back to Godfather I (de Niro was in Godfather II) and Marlon Brando, giving an almost seamless connection between the young and the old Vito Corleone. For de Niro, this performance started out in an understated fashion but the Sicilian and Italo-American milieu was so much a part of the background that his emergence as the Godfather melded into Brando’s towering performance in the earlier Godfather I film. I want to ask him, how much came from him (after all, he was born around there) and how much from FF Coppola?


  21. User: Ljroach

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 9:05 am

    It would have to be Alan Rickman for me. He played so many iconic characters!


  22. User: Dinaera

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 3:02 am

    I’d choose Michael j fox or robin Williams. Great actors.


  23. User: TFlibby

    Posted on: 01/12/2020 at 12:38 am

    I would invite Louise Brooks. She seems like she would be a great conversationalist.


  24. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 30/11/2020 at 6:53 am

    Abandoned Cinemas of the World:
    I would choose to invite David Suchet. He is Poirot as far as I am concerned. I am sure he would have plenty of tales to tell about the wonderful mysteries of Agatha Christie.


  25. User: Heather Norrington

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 11:34 pm

    I would invite Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, which I think would ensure a very entertaining evening.


  26. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 7:43 pm

    Wow! This sounds fab. I would choose Leslie Howard. He was a most fascinating actor, (his performance in The Scarlet Pimpernel is just brilliant) and it was a real tragedy that his plane was shot down during the war.


  27. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:56 pm

    Meryl Streep as she has played such a variety of roles and I think she would have so many stories of her times on different film shoots to keep me entertained whilst I eat!!


  28. User: Louise

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:49 pm

    actor to invite to dinner? Jean Gabin. “T’as de beaux yeux, tu sais.”


  29. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:27 pm

    My husband Indri would love this book, before he came to England in 1964 he worked in a cinema in Malta, it was derelict for many years, and the site is now an apartment block. His favourite star was Susan Hayward, she of the gorgeous red hair, to have had dinner with her would have been a dream come true.


  30. User: PrairiePearl

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:06 pm

    I would love to invite Audrey Hepburn. She was a delightful person and I feel that she would be a very lively interesting guest.


    1 Comment

    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:13 pm

      Great choice!


  31. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:04 pm

    Would love to invite Laurel and Hardy for pure entertainment.


    1 Comment

    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:12 pm

      Now they WOULD be great entertainment!!!


  32. User: Janine

    Posted on: 29/11/2020 at 6:03 pm

    It would have to be Hugh Jackman


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