Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 pm on 23 July 2015
In August 2013 when I was in Peebles the former Playhouse Cinema looked a bit run down. (See here.)
By this May it had been spruced up a bit.
We partook of the ice-cream from Caldwell’s shop/cafe just along the street. It was good.
On the High Street I noticed this Art Deco gate at the entrance to a close:-
This is the view from the close:-
We ventured down to the green by the River Tweed where there is this Pavilion:-
The reverse has slightly more deco style:-
On a back street the two Chambers brothers who later produced Chambers’s Dictionary (as it was known at first) were both born, in 1800 and 1802 respectively, as the plaque records.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Glasgow at 10:30 pm on 14 January 2015
Apart from the Beresford Hotel, Sauchiehall Street had a couple of other Art Deco buildings. This is a stitch of Marks and Spencer’s:-
And here is a close-up showing some detail:-
Dunnes Stores is on the corner of Sauchiehall and Cambridge Streets:-
Roof-line and window detail:-
There is a lovely finish to the highest part:-
The ABC cinema predates deco – originally built in 1877 before conversion to a cinema in 1929 – but is still a fine building. (Two photos stitched to get it all in):-
The Scottish cinemas website says it is closed. It seems to house a music venue now.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Glasgow at 8:54 pm on 13 January 2015
Once the Paramount, before it became an Odeon, this is a building which is not as glorious as it used to be.
Full view from Upper Renfield Street:-
Corner element from Renfield Street:-
Renfiled Street aspect. Note the two men abseiling down the frontage, perhaps cleaning it:-
Detail of corner frontage:-
This is still a stunning looking building even if it needs a lot of tlc. I believe, however, only the facade remains as the Scottish cinemas website records. Compare this with this.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Trips at 12:00 pm on 22 December 2014
After Banchory we headed for Aberdeen and passed through Peterculter.
I spotted this former cinema, now a Chinese Restaurant:-
The ridging in the stonework is good as is the curved stepping.
Across the road and up a bit there was the building below, which may once have been a bank but is now a funeral director’s. Strong horizontals and verticals and a hint of a canopy:-
Then there was Café Bombay:-
Not a bad haul of Deco for what is effectively a village.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 pm on 11 December 2014
While walking to Tynecastle I passed two Art Deco buildings on Gorgie Road.
The first was the former Tivoli Picture House/New Tivoli Cinema.
Nice detailing on the stonework and great zig-zag pattern on the roofline above the canopied entrance. Strong horizontals elsewhere.
The opposite view:-
In the first photo you can see the terrace of shops beyond the cinema. I had to stitch two photos to get the whole row in the picture below. The building is of course not curved.
More pictures of the New Tivoli can be found on the Scottish Cinemas website.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 pm on 3 December 2014
The Stafford Cinema:-
This reminds me very much of the cinema in Braintree.
Here’s the side view:-
And that long window:-
There’s a deco terrace of shops just to the right.
This shows the terrace’s relation to the cinema.
The photo below of the cinema is on Trip Advisor.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas at 12:00 pm on 1 December 2014
I assume this is a former cinema or else it would not have the name it does. The Picture House, Stafford.
Interesting mixture of architectural styles, Tudor, with deco flourishes on the roof and a touch of Georgian.
Here’s the side view:-
And a close up on the stained glass of the canopy. Exquisite.
Detail round the upper window.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, English Football Grounds, Trips, Woolworths at 12:00 pm on 6 November 2014
We spent the first night back in Britain in Harwich and in the morning had a stroll into Dovercourt which is cheek by jowl with Harwich but whereas Harwich is on the southern bank of the River Stour opposite Felixstowe, Dovercourt lies to Harwich’s south and lines up NNE to SSW (pointing ESE) where Harwich is more E to W (pointing N.)
These 1930s houses hinted at Art Deco.
We walked on towards the town centre past this building which looked as if it might have once been a garage but I have since discovered was the Regent Cinema. Strong horizontals, delicate upper window.
At the bottom of a slight hill there was a football ground, the home of Harwich and Parkeston FC. The sign says Ridgeon’s Football League but the Wiki article says they’re in the Essex and Suffolk Border League and also illustrates that the club has seen better times than at present. The ground is the Royal Oak Ground. Good stepped Art Deco styling to the entrance here.
There’s a photo of the club’s stand here.
In the town itself was what was in its prime surely a Woolworths.
This was up a side street. Minor deco but definitely has it in the roofline. I’d like to have seen the original windows.
Almost next door was a defunct? bingo hall (also once a cinema?) It was morning so I couldn’t tell if the restaurant on the ground floor is still a going concern.
Up another side street I found an old Co-op. This has all the hallmarks of deco but again has seen better days. There’s something drastic has occurred to the building. The facade is distinctly bent – focused on the rightward central pillar.
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Trips at 12:00 pm on 25 October 2014
Groningen was a happy hunting ground for Art Deco. On the way in to the town centre past the Museum I saw the side of a building that looked a bit deco (vertical features) but made of what I thought was modern brick so passed on.
Just further along though I came on this very Egyptianate (and so true deco) shop. Le Souk:-
Not too far on was this:-
Just off the Vis Markt (fish market – absolutely heaving the day we were there) was Sumo:-
This was later, from across the market after we had circled round Groningen:-
Some time later we got back to the lane we had come up from the Museum and I realised that the earlier brick building I mentioned above was Deco. Might it be a cinema? Brilliant verticals and horizontals, flagpole, little square windows, detailing picked out in red and yellow. Delightful.
I had hoped the photo would show the vertical brickwork in the lane but sadly it hasn’t. What had alerted me to it was this stunning window on the main road:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cinemas, Trips at 12:00 pm on 25 September 2014
We spent the first night away from home in a hotel just outside Derby. On our way there from the motorway we travelled along Brian Clough Way, a nondescript, even dowdy, dual carriageway. Surely there’s a better way to commemorate the man. In the morning we drove into Derby but didn’t know of any suitable parking space so gave up after a drive around the inner ring road and skedaddled back along Mr Clough’s memorial road, taking a right towards the South at Nottingham. (A curiosity was we came across two roundabouts that had roads through their middles, something I’ve never seen before. Is it a Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire thing?)
We stopped at Melton Mowbray, “the Rural Capital of Food.” (Well, 3 years ago we went to Bakewell.) Unfortunately it was market day and the place was heaving. As a result I couldn’t get a photograph of the Pork Pie shop (there was a stall in the way) but we did buy a pie and very nice it was too. Enough for lunch that day and the next. We passed on the Stilton cheese though.
What I didn’t expect was Art Deco. The place is liberally strewn with it. Remarkable for a relatively small town.
The first thing I saw on leaving the car park was the brick side of what looked like a school building but is (now, at any rate,) the King Street Building of Brooksby Melton College.
A bit rectilinear but nice iron work protecting the small windows flanking the entrance. The fan light above the door is good as is the frieze on the portico. Amazingly the windows don’t seem to have been mucked about with.
The next building along is also Deco! The Regal Cinema is a stunner. The decoration on it is sublime. It’s still a working cinema.
See more here.