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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 geograph.org.

Former Regal Cinema

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

It seems to be an entertainment venue now.

Regal Cinema, Evesham

Art Deco style cinema in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Not perhaps as high deco as the Regal, Rochdale, or the Embassy, Braintree, this is still clearly deco with its rounded corner, the rule of three in windows to left and chevron patterned doors:-

Regal Cinema, Evesham

Central portion:-

Regal Cinema, Evesham, Close up

Doors:-

Doors, Regal Cinema, Evesham

From left. Rule of three in windows again:-

Regal Cinema, Evesham from Left

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.

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