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Art Deco Former Cinema, Hexham

The Forum. Stepped roof-line, streamlining, rule of three in windows (disappointingly eyes poked out.)

Sadly no longer a cinema.

Art Deco Former Cinema, Hexham

Former Majestic Cinema, Inverkeithing, Addendum

I featured this ex-cinema here.

Last March when visiting the antiques shop(s) now house dnsid ethe building I took these photos of the detail of the two tower portions:-

Inverkeithing, Former Majestic Cinema

Detail Former Majestic Cinema Inverkeithing

Former Rex Cinema, Coalville [Art Deco in Coalville (iii)]

The former Rex Cinema is a stunning Art Deco building – in that blocky institutional style favoured by government buildings and dictators – in Coalville, Leicestershire. After ceasing to be a cinema it became a Dunelm Mill but that too has shut.

Coalville, Former Rex Cinema


Frontage, Former Rex Cinema, Coalville

This view shows how closely located is the Rex to the Palace Cinema – also Deco:-

FFormer Rex Cinema, Coalville

Art Deco in Rhyl, North Wales (ii)

A beautiful piece of Art Deco in Rhyl, North Wales. The former Odeon Theatre in Rhyl is now a bingo hall. From reverse shows horizontals, verticals, curves, a canopy and rule of three in windows (whose eyes have sadly been put out.)

Apollo, Rhyl

High Art Deco style here. Curved corner, streamlining in the brick:-

Rhyl Apollo

Entrance, canopy and white cladding:-

Apollo, Rhyl, Frontage

Full frontage (stitch of two photos):-

Full Frontage Rhyl Apollo

Detail. Note rule of three in the small windows here:-

Rhyl, Apollo, Detail

Art Deco, Wrexham Town Centre (ii)

Just down Hill Street from the town centre proper, in Brook Street, lies Atik, formerly the Odeon Cinema:-

Art Deco Building, Wrexham

Strong verticals, rule of three in columns (and windows.)

Atik From Left, Art Deco, Wrexham

Stitch 1:-

Atik, Wrexham, Art Deco

Stitch 2:-

Art Deco, Wrexham, Atik

The building as it was :-

Former Odeon Cinema, Wrexham

Art Deco in Annan

Lonsdale Cinema, Annan:-

Lonsdale Cinema, Annan

Mianly verticals but a kind of rule of three in the doorway:-

Annan, Lonsdale Cinema

Annan Cinema

The entrance is now to the rear:-

Entrance Lonsdale Cinema, Annan

Police Station. Horizontals and verticals, stepped roof at corner. Its windows have been ruined.

Art Deco Police Station, Annan

Soprus Cinema, Tallinn

This building in Tallinn looked impressive from this angle:-

Soprus Building, Tallinn

These columns even more so:-

Ornamentation, Soprus Building, Tallinn

On rounding the corner to the entrance I discovered it’s a cinema, Soprus. Pity about the van in front. Nice wee fountain though:-

Soprus Entrance, plus Fountain, Tallinn

More Art Deco Style in Rochdale

In November 2018 we visited Rochdale for the second time.

I photographed two more Deco style buildings.

Former King’s Cinema later converted to Bingo but that has also closed and the building is now in a sad state of neglect:-

Art Deco Style Former Cinema, Rochdale

Former King's Cinema, Rochdale

Spotland Bridge. The unusual roofline, projecting beyond the slope of the roof, gives it the deco look:-

Spotland Bridge, Rochdale

Art Deco in Dalbeattie

Last year we visited Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway.

I was surprised when we got there to find the buildings are mostly made of granite but it turned out there was a granite quarry very close by so naturally the locals made full use of it back in the day.

In fact the B&B we stayed in – the best such we have ever been in – was right beside the now disused quarry.

Former Quarry near Dalbeattie

I also wasn’t expecting Art Deco, but it’s there.

T H Carson Butcher. It’s really only the stepped roof-line here:-

Art Deco style Shop, Dalbeattie

Then there was the Co-op. Full deco style:-

Dalbeattie Co-op

Roof-line detail.

Art Deco Detail, Co-op Dalbeattie

More likely 1960s?:-

Decoish? in Dalbeattie

Former bank. Possible deco style round the doors:-

Former Bank, Dalbeattie

Garage/car sale room. Stepped roof-line, but windows’ “eyes” poked out:-

Art Deco Garage, Dalbeattie

Former Picture House, Dalbeattie, now Bryan Gowan’s Furniture Store. Horizontals, verticals, stepped roof-line. Rule of three above window over the doors. Shame about the replaced windows.

Former Picture House, Dalbeattie

Photographs of the cinema as it appeared in 1985 are here on the Scottish Cinemas website. It still had the original windows, then. Much more appropriate looking.

Side View:-

Side View Former Picture House Dalbeattie

Former Regal Cinema, Oxford

The good lady heard about this cinema as she was listening to the radio one day and mentioned it to me later.

The cinema is on the corner of Cowley Road and Magdalen Road but I have not seen it myself as we did not get to that part of Oxford when we were there (in 2012.)

The photo below is taken from

Former Regal Cinema

I found other photos of this cinema here, here and here.

It seems to be an entertainment venue now.

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