George Coles (architect)

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This building in Woolwich was one of Cole's Streamline Moderne designs for Odeon Cinemas. It was opened as a cinema in 1937 and is now a church.

George Coles (1884–1963) was an English architect, known mostly as a designer of Art Deco cinema theatres in the 1920s and 1930s.

Coles was brought up in Leyton, East London and trained at Leyton Technical Institute. From 1912 he was in partnership with Percy Adams. Cole's most notable works include Troxy in Stepney, the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn and the Odeon, Muswell Hill, all of which are Grade II* listed buildings.[1]

Cole designed several other Odeon Cinemas for Oscar Deutsch,[1] as well as the Carlton Cinema in Islington, and the Regal Cinema in Kettering. He designed the Kingsland Empire in his birthplace, Dalston, of which the ceiling and upper walls survive hidden above the Rio Cinema.[2] Coles was also involved in the design of The People's Palace (1936) later subsumed into Queen Mary College, University of London. He designed the British Home Stores (now Primark) in Rye Lane, Peckham.[3]


  1. ^ a b "George Coles". Architect of the Week. Modernism in Metroland. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1244939)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Classic movie theaters designed by George Coles". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 6 April 2009.