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Old Cinema Welshpool

On the way back from Powis Castle we decided to take a quick look at Welshpool – the signposts to the castle had led us to bypass the town centre on the way there.

I spotted this building on Berriew Road and of course had to stop for photographs.

Former Pola Cinema, Welshpool

What a stunner. It absolutely screams Deco. The curves, the banding.

It’s the former Pola Cinema, now a beauty and fitness spa.

Former Pola Cinema, Welshpool, from Side

Former Pola Cinema,Welshpool from left

Its windows are also a delight:-

Art Deco Window Glass

More Art Deco Glass

Art Deco Windows

Art Deco Window Arrangement

I found these images of the cinema’s past incarnations on the internet at cinema treasures.

Pola Cinema, Welshpool

Park Diner, Welshpool

Art Deco in Oswestry

As a town, Oswestry in Shropshire, England, may have seen better days. A lot of the buildings in the town centre looked tired.

The former Regal Cinema certainly has the deco look, though it’s now what looks like a hairdresser’s plus a Factory Shop. The original glazing would have looked better but the replacement windows are adequate:-

Art Deco Former Cinema, Oswestry 5

Reverse view. The canopy and roofline above are good features:-

Reverse View, Former Regal Cinema, Oswestry

Could this once have been a Woolworths? It’s now a Poundland anyway. And a Pep & Co:-

Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

Frontal view:-

Art Deco Poundland, Oswestry

The Sports Direct has also seen better days:-

Another Tired Art Deco Shop, Oswestry

British Heart Foundation:-

Art Deco Shop in Oswestry

More Art Deco in Penrith

This is now a B&M Bargains but may once have been a Woolworths. It has that look:-

Art Deco Shop, Penrith

Eden Rural Power:-

Art Deco Building, Penrith

Reverse view. Art Deco rule of three in upper front and lower side windows:-

Penrith Art Deco Building

Doors on the Alhambra Cinema:-

Art Deco Cinema Door, Penrith

Seen in an antique shop/yard. An old advert for Critall Windows, which were the height of Art Deco style. (The link contains all my mentions of Critall Windows):-

Advert for Critall Windows

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (iii)

Art Deco Building, Peterhead. Now home to Superdrug:-

Art Deco Building, Peterhead

Art Deco Former Pub, Peterhead. Next to former Regal/Kingsway cinema, Marischal Street:-

Art Deco Former Pub, Peterhead.

Once the Drummer’s Bar, now unoccupied:-

Art Deco (Former) Pub, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (ii)

The Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Marischal Street, opened 1939, stopped showing films before 1970.

High Art Deco stepping and verticals. Rule of three in separate verticals:-

Former Regal/Kingsway, Cinema, Peterhead

Former Regal/Kingsway Cinema, Peterhead

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 53: Peterhead (i)

I found several Art Deco buildings in Peterhead including two former cinemas in the style.

This one was the Playhouse (opened in 1931, finally closed 1999) in Queen Street:-

Former Playhouse Cinema, Peterhead

(Stitch of two photos to get it all in. It’s not really curved.):-

The Playhouse, Peterhead

This photo is taken from the Scottish cinemas website

The Playhouse, Peterhead

Art Deco in Liverpool (iv) Burton’s* and Woolworths

These photos were shot from one or other of the two bus tours we took in Liverpool.

This looks like a former Burton’s* but may not be. It’s certainly Art Deco:-

Former Burton's Liverpool

A former Woolworths is to its left (right as you look at it.)

Old Woolworths, Liverpool

Former Woolworths closer view:-

Former Woolworths, Liverpool

*Edited to add:- I looked at this again and realised it was more like an old cinema so I researched old Liverpool cinemas and discovered it was the ABC Lime Street, see here.

Art Deco in Rochdale (i) The Regal Cinema

Rochdale in Lancashire, a few miles north of Manchester, isn’t quite the grim post-industrial town I had half-expected. Its town centre is in fact fairly well appointed and its Town Hall a marvel I shall come to later.

But what I was most looking forward to seeing (having glimpsed it in the background to a photograph of a family member) was the former Regal Cinema – an imposing Art Deco building now housing a Wetherspoons called The Regal Moon. Note the rounded wall, the horizontal rule of three in the central windows and the vertical one in the flanking blocks:-

The Regal Moon, Rochdale

Frontage. There’s even rule of three in the white columns surrounding the central windows and in the detailing above the lower central windows plus a beautiful roundedness to the four white pillars and their peaks:-

Frontage, The Regal Moon, Rochdale

Opposite view. Note the lack of symmetry in the right-angled corner as compared to the curved one on the far side. The stepped upper levels descending towards the rear mirror the other side though:-

The Regal Moon, Rochdale, Opposite View

Some pictures of the cinema in its days as a picture house are here.

Sneek (iv) – The Cinema

The ultra-modern clean lines of Sneek’s cinema argue against it being Art Deco:-

Sneek Cinema 1

Yet despite its rather austere look there’s a definite deco feel to this. It might just be the flagpole but there is “rule of three” in the windows:-

Sneek Cinema 2

Cinema Rules

On the wall of the cafe at The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy:-

Aberfeldy Cinema Rules

I like the rustling comment.

The other notice is less unusual:-

Rules, Aberfeldy Cinema

Pedant’s corner:- I note independant above (independent.)

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