ShopfrontElegy tweeted this shot of the wonderful Towers cinema in Hornchurch, Essex, for which time is running out. Designed by the Kemp & Tasker partnership and built in 1935, it became an Odeon in 1943. They got round the change of name by rather crudely bunging Odeon signage on top of the original name, as below (pic credit).

Lidl, which now owns the site, will keep the Towers lettering

to be erected as “public art” at street level

when they demolish the building, but that’s all.

A London bookshelf, part 20

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New Sights of London by Hugh Casson, is a London Transport sixpenny paperback, published in 1938, featuring some 700 examples of modern architecture, all within reach of the LT network. So as well as the Denham film studios, above, there are buildings as perky as a Berlei bra in Slough, and as fair faced as Fairacres in Roehampton.

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Casson is as opinionated as Pevsner or Nairn here, with trenchant opinions about prevailing architectural trends. He also contributes some appealing line drawings of many of the featured buildings.

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“Everybody is interested in modern architecture”, says the jacket blurb optimistically, “but does everybody know where it can be seen?” Sixpence would provide the answers in 1938, about £15 for a secondhand copy now.

ein-bleistift-und-radiergummi:

Art Deco Music Sheet Covers

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