‘For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.’ Alfred Hitchcock.

31 May

Stories from my Sketchbook  . . . 

Plaza 1The Plaza Theatre (Laurieton) was originally built in 1959—the same year I was born—so it really can’t be a coincidence that it happens to be one of my very favourite places to spend my time.

It’s not one of those huge monstrous cinemas that hold thousands of people, with screens so huge you have to sit in the very back row just to see the whole picture (and bad luck if you get stuck in the front row as you will come away with a severely stiff neck from having to ‘scroll’ your head back and forth and up and down the screen to try and see everything).

Plaza 2Our little cinema is much cooler than that.  It has only one main screen in the ‘Auditorium’ and one smaller screen in the ‘Deluxe Cine Lounge’, but the whole place is seriously fabulous—all red velvet curtains and gold brocade tassells, art deco statues and lights and old fashioned framed movie posters on the walls.  It’s  a step back to a more luxurious and decadent time.  (It’s not old fashioned enough that you can’t still get all your modern day yummies at the Candy Bar—but just enough so that bad behaviour will not be tolerated.  Woebetide anyone caught putting their feet up on the seat in front—David will be after you with a big stick . . .)

Plaza Theatre, Laurieton

Cake it might be for Hitchcock,
but for me the cinema is more of an ‘extra large flat white coffee and a box of maltesers . . . ‘


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9 responses to “‘For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.’ Alfred Hitchcock.

  1. Jon

    June 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    You should sign your wonderful art works, Sal. Great portrayal of our local picture theatre- which I love too. (My year of birth too- cool!)

    Liked by 1 person

    • sallyinthehaven

      June 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      I always mean to sign and date the sketches – but as these are all from one sketchbook I never seem to think about it once I have finished – I just move onto the next sketch. I will try to make it a habit . . .

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  2. Judy

    June 1, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Anonymous – how very ‘Hitchcock’ …. it was me and I forgot to sign in!!


  3. Anonymous

    June 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Did you have to go to the thesaurus for the bill board Sal?! I love your sketch and I love those wonderful old theatres – we had one in Maitland, but it was no where near as glam as yours! If those walls could speak……


    • sallyinthehaven

      June 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      No! Believe it or not all those endorsements were actually on the billboard – I just didn’t put the title in (ran out of space. 😦 ) By the way the movie was ‘Spotlight’ – fabulous – if you haven’t seen it it’s definitely worth a viewing.


  4. stevetalbot51

    May 31, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Nice one Sal, the text and the sketch make the movie theatre look like an inviting and entertaining place to be – maybe that’s just the Maltesers though 🙂


    • sallyinthehaven

      June 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

      I would go even if they didn’t have maltesers . . . they do a really good chock-top too . . .

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Pam Talbot

    May 31, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Brilliant Sal – I love that your sketching is getting better & better!

    Liked by 1 person

    • sallyinthehaven

      June 1, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Thank you muchly. 🙂



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