As athletics are in the news, here’s the ‘Marathon Tower’ built in Helsingfors, Helsinki, for the 1940 Olympic Games (which didn’t, of course, happen). The architect was Yrjo Lindegren.


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.