Back to the Future: Kuwait’s nostalgic 1954 Film House

Published: 13 February 2020 - 4:20 a.m.
By: Shalaka Paradkar

In Kuwait, a cinema has been renovated to pay homage to the ‘Golden Age’ of the Arab cinema. The retro-chic 1954 Film House at Al Kout Mall in Kuwait was incepted by Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC), the first cinema operator in the GCC. 1954 also marks the year that KNCC was established.

To execute Kuwait’s first and only boutique cinema concept, KNCC appointed Havelock One Interiors as their fit-out contractor for the renovation of the three theatres as well as the foyer area and impressive front.

“We were more than thrilled having been awarded this opportunity to perform the interior fit-out of this unique commercial establishment in Kuwait. Our fit-out team installed vintage aesthetics and retro-inspired design elements to treat moviegoers, young and old, to a museum-like journey through the history of the motion-picture theatre in the region,” says Imtiaz Mahadiwala, director of operations in Kuwait at Havelock One Interiors.

The entrance features a vintage marquee signage, displaying movie titles in crisp, retro typography and a ticketing booth offering classic concierge service, complete with a menu of movies to watch. Terrazzo tiles and golden brass panels adorn the foyer, where movie posters, tickets and other nostalgic memorabilia from the past are on display.

Havelock One also applied distinctive designs for each of the three auditoria, following lighting motifs in gold, red and blue and produced luxury seats upholstered in the same colour spectrum. The fit-out contractor also installed Gustafs linear rib acoustic panels and Eomac fabric wallcovering for soundproofing.

“1954 Film House brings back the playful, experimental and exuberant spirit of this golden period in history at a time when the design industry of the region is thriving. We hope that this inspires a new generation of creative minds in the region,” concludes Mahadiwala.

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