Lost Cinemas

London

I once read an interview with the editor of the Daily Mail, in which he said that the ideal article in his paper was one that left the reader feeling bitter, angry or scared. Its feature on before-and-after shots of cinema sites don’t quite do that, but they make you wonder about the direction of civilisation.

Classic art deco Odeon before...

Classic art deco Odeon before...

...Now a Poundstretcher

...Now a Poundstretcher

Modernist Odeon before...

Modernist Odeon before...

...and after, turned into some kind of retail outlet.

...and after, turned into some kind of retail outlet.

4 comments on “Lost Cinemas”

  1. I.A.M. says:

    I see nothing in either examples which indicates the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images are of the same buildings. Nothing.

    ‘Staples’, by the way, is an office supply retail company which has locations both in the United States and Canada, in addition to their UK ones. Sadly, all the employees wear that red polo shirt whilst working. Gaghk.

  2. admin says:

    What staggers me is that modern outlets don’t even pretend to offer anything in the way of architectural merit – they assume most people aren’t really bothered – and the awful thing is they’re probably right!

  3. Helen Martin says:

    I agree with I.A.M. that there is no connection between the before and after. Did they just tear the whole things down and build these new buildings? There is nothing to indicate that these buildings are in London, Eng. instead of London, Ont. Cities are becoming so interchangeable that there will soon be no reason to travel at all. Except for the people, and maybe they’re becoming interchangeable, too?

  4. BangBang!! says:

    That’s just wrong. You have to wonder where the people are who are supposed to be guarding our heritage. The Deco Odeon is beautiful.

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