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Description: Ace Cinema
Date Listed: 13 March 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 201975
OS Grid Reference: TQ1301087371
OS Grid Coordinates: 513010, 187371
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5739, -0.3707
In the entry for
3/28 ALEXANDRA AVENUE
The Odeon Cinema
The address shall be amended to read
(formerly listed as
The Odeon Cinema)
In the entry for:
3/28 ALEXANDRA AVENUE
Ace Cinema (formerly listed
as The Odeon Cinema)
The grade shall be amended to read: II* (star).
The description shall be amended to read;
Cinema 1936 by F E Bromige. Mass concrete and brick; flat asphalt roof. Tall triple-
bowed concrete frontage with very wide central bowed projection: convex flanking
concave metal windows rise to full-height within. Flat and bowed concrete canopy
across front and above entrance doors. Rising upwards from the entrance canopy is a
great concrete feature in the shape of a stylised elephant's trunk, with the curved
"head" projecting in front of and above the bowed parapet. Interior: oval-shaped
entrance foyer, with steps and railings to sunken tea-room in centre which has
cigar-shaped coved plaster ceiling. Auditorium has concrete horizontal fluted gallery
front and inward-curving walls; it is dominated by a fibrous plaster ceiling with
deep coved ribs driving forward and downward to proscenium arch which is flanked
by fluted side columns. A remarkably individual cinema design, and noted as the least
altered late 1930s streamlined "art deco" cinema.
TQ 18 NW 3/28 13.3.81 The Odeon Cinema
The Odeon cinema
1935. Architect F E Bromige. Tall frontage in concrete, triple bowed with the
central bowed projection very wide with concave metal windows to full height
within. From the entrance canopy upwards in a great concrete 'mullion' in the
shape of a curved 'elephant's trunk, stylised, with the 'head' projecting in front
and above the bowed parapet. To right and left of the centre are 2 full height
metal bowed windows while embracing the Whole front is a flat, bowed concrete
canopy protecting the entrance doors. The entrance foyer retains original decora-
tion as does the auditorium with the wide proscenium arch, decorative ribbed ceiling,
and concrete horizontal fluted gallery front.
Listing NGR: TQ1301087371
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