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Cinema House, 225 Oxford Street, London: the auditorium

RIBA Ref No RIBA59470
Architect/DesignerKemp & Tasker
Artist/PhotographerMaltby, John (1910-1980)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1936
Image Date1936
StyleArt Deco
Library ReferenceMAL
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditJohn Maltby / RIBA Collections
SubjectAuditoria ; Cinemas ; Draperies, curtains ; Conversion of buildings ; Entrance halls ; Stairs
NOTES: Cinema House opened as a single screen cinema on 14th July 1910, designed by architect Melville S. Ward in a Jacobean style. In 1934 it was taken over by the D.J. James circuit and subsequently converted into two screens (the second occupying the original basement restaurant). This was designed by the architectural firm Kemp & Tasker in an Art Deco style. The twin screen cinema re-opened on 7th March 1936, with the original 600-seat Cinema House re-named Studio One and the new basement cinema named Studio Two in use as a newsreel & travelogue cinema. Both cinemas were served by a central paybox, located on the street. These images were taken after the conversion by Kemp and Tasker. In 1968 it was acquired by Twentieth Century Fox. It has since been demolished and the site occupied by a clothing store.

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