Carlton Cinema, Essex Road

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Carlton Cinema, Essex Road, London

The former Carlton Cinema (and then Mecca Bingo) is an Art deco Grade II* listed building,[1] located at 161–169 Essex Road, Islington, London. It was completed in 1930 as a cine-variety theatre with a capacity of 2226 seats.

Architect George Coles decided for an Egyptian style facade dressed in multi-coloured Hathernware tiles. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922 influenced the Art Deco style and the buildings erected in that period,[2] particularly cinemas and theatres.

Inside the building is mainly Empire style, with Egyptian decorations in the foyer, whilst the auditorium has a French Renaissance style.

The Carlton Cinema was taken over by Associated British Cinemas Ltd. (ABC) in February 1935. It was re-named ABC in 1962. The building was then converted into a bingo hall[3] which continued for almost 35 years as the Mecca Bingo Club, until closing in March 2007.[4]

It was purchased by a church in 2013 that planned to partially reopen it as a cinema, also converting the former cafe area into a second screen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ England, Historic. "Former Mecca Bingo, 161–169, Essex Road N1 – Islington – Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.
  2. ^ "Carlton Cinema". Look Up London. 26 December 2015.
  3. ^ "These London Buildings All Used To Be Cinemas". Londonist. 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ "ABC Islington in London, GB – Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org.

Coordinates: 51°32′25″N 0°05′50″W / 51.5404°N 0.0971°W / 51.5404; -0.0971