The Cinemapping Prototype draws data from the 'historic cinemas' layer extracted from Know Your Place, allowing users to access information about Bristol cinemas past and present in the field. Apping or mapping: in the first iteration we combined a cinematic aesthetic with the more traditional tab-based map interface. Following user evaluation we decided to simplify the interface, with less emphasis on maps and tabs.

Screenshots of the Cinemapping Prototype Interface

In developing the interface we piloted two key modes: the single point of interest and multiple cinema sites. The first of these focused on the Grade II listed Whiteladies Picture House where, building on the success of the Curzon Memories App (Crofts 2011), we wanted to test how a rich single- site experience could be integrated into the wider application.

Target Audience

We aimed at two user scenarios: the engaged movie buff interested in cinema history, and the casual user, incorporating games and trivia with audio memories and in-depth cinema history, linking from images of what was screening on the cinema hoarding to films and stars on user won digital souvenirs if they answered the quiz correctly, such as a link to the first film shown at the cinema in 1921.Two key outcomes of the user evaluation were: firstly that listening to audio memories at the actual location offers added value; secondly, the ability to share and comment via Facebook and Twitter gives cinema heritage contemporary relevance, particularly when the live feed is available from within the app.


Users testing various modes of on-site interaction such as the Whiteladies Picture House quiz, the 'Your Name in Lights' and 'Remove One Letter Film' games, audio memories and the facility to comment via Facebook and Twitter