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Art Deco in Gronigen (iii)

In a previous post on Art Deco in Groningen, The Netherlands, I showed two photos of a cinema. This year I took more views of that building. This is the rear view:-

Art Deco in Groningen

This is the view from the street that runs beside it back to front:-

Groningen Cinema

Lovely window arch on cinema wall:-

Art Deco Cinema, Groningen, Window Arch

Detail on window arch, a sculpted head:-

Art Deco Cinemas, Groningen Detail

Great columning and glazing towards front:-

Art Deco Cinema, Groningen Side View

The glazing has fantastic detailing:-

Art Deco Cinema, Groningen Glazing

Art Deco in King’s Lynn (i) Former Ritz Cinema

Almost the first thing I noticed on getting out of the car in King’s Lynn was a blocky Art Deco building with typical deco glazing. (Note Greyfriar’s Tower behind):-

King's Lynn, Art Deco Former Cinema

It wasn’t till working round the town that I discovered it was the former Ritz Cinema, now a bingo hall:-

Former Ritz Cinema, King's Lynn

Note “rule of three” in the doors and the columns and windows above them. View from main street (again you can glimpse Greyfriars Tower behind):-

King's Lynn Former Cinema

Other side view (from the War Memorial and in front of Greyfriars Tower):-

Former Ritz Cinema, King's Lynn

Old King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn was the next stop after Boston. My first time, in Norfolk which in this part of it was very reminiscent of the Netherlands.

King’s Lynn itself contains a strange mixture of architecture with several buildings surviving from mediæval times.

We passed this old gateway on the way in but photographed it on the way out:-

King's Lynn

This is the Guildhall, the largest surviving English mediæval Guildhall. It’s not really curved I had to stitch two photos:-

King's Lynn Guildhall

King’s Lynn Minster lies just across the road:-

King's Lynn Minster

And just across the other road (the Guildhall is close to a junction):-

King's Lynn

A quaint old street:-

King's Lynn

Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn. One of only three surviving Franciscan monastery towers in England:-

Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn

Without street furniture in the way. The building behind it, with the fire escape, is an Art Deco former cinema!:-

Greyfriars Tower, King's Lynn Again.

Art Deco in Boston, Lincolnshire

Boston has its fair share, perhaps more, of Art Deco buildings.

The West End Cinema doesn’t look so deco from this angle:-

West End Cinema, Boston

But this corner doorway has Art Deco styling:-

West End Cinema, Boston, Corner.

There are Art Deco elements in this side view too:-

West End Cinema, Boston, Side

There was typical 1930s Deco styling on Marks & Spencer’s:-

Marks & Spencer, Boston

Clarks has a vaguely deco look with an undoubted deco sunburst and “M” just above the Clarks sign – presumably a relic of the original occupant:-

Vaguely Art Deco Shop in Boston 8

As does QD Stores:-

Art Deco Style, Boston

Cash Generator was more to the point. Rule of three in and on the pillars:-

Art Deco in Boston

Then there was the striking Cammack’s:-

Cammack's, Boston

Rule of three in the windows, sunburst decoration in name frieze:-

Cammack, Boston, Frontage

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 16: Dominion Cinema, Morningside

This is a stunner. A fantastic cinema in the Streamline Moderne Art Deco style. It really ought to have been much further up this list, possibly even at the top, but I had no photographs of it. I knew it existed but not exactly where it was in Edinburgh. I wasn’t very familiar with the geography of the city but my son moved there a couple of years ago and on a visit I was exploring the area he lives in.

Imagine my delight on coming across this by accident rather than design. It’s still a working independent cinema, run by a family. This is their website. They also have a facebook presence.

From Morningside Road end of Newbattle Terrace. Great curved column:-

Dominion Cinema, Edinburgh

Closer view:-

Dominion Cinema 2

From Newbattle Terrace, opposite aspect:-

Dominion Cinema 3

Upper detailing and roofline:-

Dominion Cinema 4

Stained glass window by entrance doorway. This is mirrored on the other side:-

Dominion Cinema 5

Column detailing and surround:-

Dominion Cinema 6

Canopy, clock and lettering:-

Dominion Cinema 7

Stitch from across Newbattle Terrace:-

Dominion Cinema 8

Former Majestic Cinema, Inverkeithing

Located in Boreland Road, Inverkeithing, the cinema opened in 1918 but updated in 1931 and has a vaguely Art Deco feel. It’s now an antiques/second-hand shop.

Former Majestic Cinema Inverkeithing

Former Majestic Cinema Inverkeithing 2

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

This wonderful Art Deco cinema in Aberfeldy, Perthshire (or Perth and Kinross as it has now become is perhaps not what you expect to see in a small town in the middle of Scotland. Still in use as a cinema (plus cafe and bar.) The Birks (birches) is a local beauty spot/steep valley.

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy from Right

Entrance. Like the rest of the cinema (refurbished quite recently I believe) the glazing isn’t original:-

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, Entrance

View from left:-

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

Side aspect:-

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, side view from rear

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 15 (i): Rosyth

We got fairly well acquainted with Rosyth, a Fife town on the Firth of Forth west of but very close to the Forth Bridges, when we were house-hunting. We opted for elsewhere in the end.

Rosyth is most famous for its Naval Dockyard but is home to some deco.

The Clydesdale Bank building, on Queensferry Road, has an Art Deco frontage, at least in its older aspect, built 1932:-

Clydesdale Bank Building, Rosyth

This modern addition (to the left of photo above) isn’t though:-

Clydesdale Bank, Rosyth, Modern Addition

The former Palace Cinema, also on Queensferry Road, from left.

Former Cinema, Rosyth

Palace Cinema from right:-

Former Palace Cinema, Rosyth

Shop with slightly edged flat roof on Admiralty Road. Windows replaced.

Art Deco Style Shop, Rosyth

The Logie Baird Pub, Helensburgh

This is the former La Scala Cinema, Helensburgh, now a pub named after Helensburgh’s most famous son, John Logie Baird, inventor of television. (Well, one form of it.) Stitch of two photos:-

The Logie Baird Pub, Helensburgh

The building was erected in 1913 so it doesn’t qualify as Art Deco proper but there are some features which prefigure the style like these side pillars:-

The Logie Baird, Helensburgh  Side View

Also the stepping on the roof-line. The painting scheme emphasises the Deco feel:-

The Logie Baird

Former Cinema Cowdenbeath

Once the Picture House Cinema, now a Premier Bingo Hall.
On the High Street. Not quite Art Deco. It was built in 1912. Rebuilt in 1935 so some deco touches.

Former Cinema Cowdenbeath

From left:-

Former Cinema, Cowdenbeath, Side View

Former Cinema Cowdenbeath, Other Side

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