Infographic: Old Cinemas vs. Multiplexes


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This infographic was submitted to us by Cineworld Cinemas, who also provided this description:

What do Angelina Jolie and Greta Garbo have in common? Did you know that the first 3D glasses were created in 1915?
Find out all you need to know about the changes in the film industry and the cinemas around the world. From the oldest active cinema in France, to the first multiplex cinema in the UK. From silent film, to the present day…
Here is all what you need to know about the last century of cinemas.

This is a fun look at how the movie-going experience has changed over the last century. The difference in screen size, food offerings, and dress code have been enormous! I really like the comparisons of the revenues for top movies in the ’20s versus today; it’d be cool to see that visualized with a quantagram, bar graph, or other form of data viz.

Overall, the infographic does a good job of using icons to supplement all the text — the “Screen Size” and “Uniforms” sections are especially helpful, as is the map.

One design note: it’s a bit jarring how dramatically different the various sections are after the main comparison. Infographics should strive for some visual unity throughout, and this one varies quite a bit. That can be distracting for the viewer, so keep continuity in mind.

A quick typo note: there’s no need for an apostrophe in “1920s” in this case!

In all I’d give this infographic a B-, since it could benefit from a bit more unity.

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