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London Opera Centre, Tower Hamlets

Description: London Opera Centre

Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 January 1991
English Heritage Building ID: 206531

OS Grid Reference: TQ3582681129
OS Grid Coordinates: 535826, 181129
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5128, -0.0440

Location: Caroline Street, Poplar, Greater London E1 8DE

Locality: Tower Hamlets
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E1 8DE

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:

TQ 3581
16/6014 Commercial Road

Former cinema with cafe, now converted as a costume and scene painting studio.
C1931-33 by George Coles for cinema entrepreneurs Phil and Sid Hyams and
Major A J Gale. Cream faience tiles giving chanelled effect; yellow stock brick
return. Art Deco style. Central 2-storey opening with enriched architrave and
distyle in antis pillars, having stylised capitals, rising from 1st floor level to
support an enriched frieze. Pillars flank vertical glazing with delicately patterned
strips and geometrically patterned head panels. Projecting canopy at 1st floor
level above entrances, 2 with original doors (glazing altered) and one now blocked.
To either side of main ground floor opening, entrances now alteredabove which
panels for posters, each surmounded by a pilaster with original flag poles rising
above geometrically patterned frieze, dentil cornice and blocking course. Double
height foyer altered to include an inserted floor to form workshops; originally
with a 1st floor cafe and balcony. Golden onyx stair with central cast iron balustrade
and multi-coloured marble floor remain. Auditorium with rich Art Deco plaster
work to walls, ceiling and proscenium; side walls include large panels of delicate
ornamental grillwork and original lights. Large, enriched 3-tier ceiling fitting
providing illumination and air conditioning outlets. Original balcony. Stage
retains revolving circles. Lift for Wurlitzer organ survives. The Troxy closed
in 1960 and re-opened 1963 as a training school for Convent Garden Opera.

Listing NGR: TQ3582681129

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Source: English Heritage

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