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Glad to see the front entrance of the cinema integrated into the new residential development, and to see that a cinema is being retained as part of the project. Great shame though that the original auditorium and interiors is wholly lost, the sad fate of so many great cinema/theatre auditoriums in Britain and around the world. Its a pity too that the new interiors do not include salvaged decorative elements of the cinema interiors or even hint at the former use.

One last comment - the second image shows the front which glimpses the upper part of the new project but does not show the sides of the new project extending from the sides of the cinema entrance. Its hard to think the new residential block behing the one bay deep cinema entrance is controversial, but one gets concerned when the images of the project edit out parts of the new project.
 

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Glad to see the front entrance of the cinema integrated into the new residential development, and to see that a cinema is being retained as part of the project. Great shame though that the original auditorium and interiors is wholly lost, the sad fate of so many great cinema/theatre auditoriums in Britain and around the world. Its a pity too that the new interiors do not include salvaged decorative elements of the cinema interiors or even hint at the former use.

One last comment - the second image shows the front which glimpses the upper part of the new project but does not show the sides of the new project extending from the sides of the cinema entrance. Its hard to think the new residential block behing the one bay deep cinema entrance is controversial, but one gets concerned when the images of the project edit out parts of the new project.

The original auditorium was already lost in the 1998 refurbishment and the interiors after several modernisations to transform it from a single screen to a multiplex one. I think they did say they would retain the marble staircases and their handrails though.
 
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