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Wallaw Cinema, Blythe, Northumberland, England
via The Journal

1930s theater in a coastal town an hour north of Newcastle upon Tyne has been converted to a pub.

From a local news article:

Wetherspoons converted… art deco cinema, the listed Wallaw in Blyth in Northumberland , which opened as a pub in December.

“The Wallaw has been a great success,” said Mr Hutson. “Wetherspoon has converted a number of former cinemas into its pubs and the aim is always to preserve the building itself so that the history of the former cinema is retained.

“This is our aim with the planned pub for Wallsend too.”

The Wallaw had stood empty since 2004, before being bought by Wetherspoon for £225,000. It was the work of the North East firm of Percy Lindsay Browne, with the auditorium and foyers designed by Charles Harding, a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art.

The Wallaw, named after its owner Walter Lawson, opened on November 16, 1937. It also operated as a theatre, where Ant and Dec made their stage debut in the 1980s.

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Ritz Cinema, Wallsend, England via The Journal
It doesn’t look like much from the outside right now, but an old Deco cinema in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne will be transformed into a pub. 
From the local news article:

The J D Wetherspoon chain has been granted planning permission by North Tyneside councillors for the revamp of the what was the Ritz cinema on High Street West in Wallsend.
The cinema opened in 1939 and closed in 1962.
Until 2011, was operated by Mecca as a bingo hall. It has since remained empty.
Wetherspoons will now invest £1.8m in bringing the building back to life, which will include restoring the art deco frontage.

Meanwhile a nearby cinema was converted in a similar fashion recently, to success. I’ll be posting pics of that next.)

Ritz Cinema, Wallsend, England 
via The Journal

It doesn’t look like much from the outside right now, but an old Deco cinema in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne will be transformed into a pub. 

From the local news article:

The J D Wetherspoon chain has been granted planning permission by North Tyneside councillors for the revamp of the what was the Ritz cinema on High Street West in Wallsend.

The cinema opened in 1939 and closed in 1962.

Until 2011, was operated by Mecca as a bingo hall. It has since remained empty.

Wetherspoons will now invest £1.8m in bringing the building back to life, which will include restoring the art deco frontage.

Meanwhile a nearby cinema was converted in a similar fashion recently, to success. I’ll be posting pics of that next.)

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Josephine Apartments (Demolished), Houston, Texasvia the Houston Chronicle
In heartbreaking news, as of Tuesday, this small 1930s apartment complex is gone.
From the Chronicle:

The 1930s-era Josephine Apartments, an art deco complex in a tree-lined neighborhood near Rice University, were torn down by builders Tuesday to be replaced by townhomes…
The complex was built in 1939 by architect F. Perry Johnson with eight one-bedroom units arrayed in a U shape, a floor plan common to that period. The exterior was notable for horizontal bands of dark brown brick on the sides and parapets to mask the roof. The units, roughly 750 square feet each, had hardwood floors and faux fireplaces. The original owners had it built with central air conditioning to make the units more marketable.
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Josephine Apartments (Demolished), Houston, Texas
via the Houston Chronicle

In heartbreaking news, as of Tuesday, this small 1930s apartment complex is gone.

From the Chronicle:

The 1930s-era Josephine Apartments, an art deco complex in a tree-lined neighborhood near Rice University, were torn down by builders Tuesday to be replaced by townhomes…

The complex was built in 1939 by architect F. Perry Johnson with eight one-bedroom units arrayed in a U shape, a floor plan common to that period. The exterior was notable for horizontal bands of dark brown brick on the sides and parapets to mask the roof. The units, roughly 750 square feet each, had hardwood floors and faux fireplaces. The original owners had it built with central air conditioning to make the units more marketable.

(More…)

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Admiral Semmes Hotel, Mobile, Alabamavia AL.com
Development news out of Mobile, Alabama. Via AL.com:

Point Clear has The Grand, downtown Mobile has the Battle House — and if all goes as planned, there will be another exquisite historic hotel in the area. Thrash Development, the new owners of the Admiral Semmes Hotel plan to renovate the hotel, anchoring its design in the building’s 1940s art deco roots.
The 170-room hotel at 251 Government St. has been upgraded over the years, but developers say this time it will be much more extensive. The idea is to turn the property into a boutique hotel, said Walker Thrash, president and managing member of the Hattiesburg, Miss.-based company. 

Admiral Semmes Hotel, Mobile, Alabama
via AL.com

Development news out of Mobile, Alabama. Via AL.com:

Point Clear has The Grand, downtown Mobile has the Battle House — and if all goes as planned, there will be another exquisite historic hotel in the area. Thrash Development, the new owners of the Admiral Semmes Hotel plan to renovate the hotel, anchoring its design in the building’s 1940s art deco roots.

The 170-room hotel at 251 Government St. has been upgraded over the years, but developers say this time it will be much more extensive. The idea is to turn the property into a boutique hotel, said Walker Thrash, president and managing member of the Hattiesburg, Miss.-based company. 

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For a taste of Art Deco, head to New Zealand’s Napier

From Canada’s Globe and Mail, a write-up of Napier, New Zealand, which has one of the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world.

In total, about 160 buildings (140 of which remain) were erected in the Art Deco style, led by Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architect Louis Hay, and when construction was complete, Napier held a carnival celebrating the birth of what they called the most modern town in the world.

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Victoria Coach Station, London, Englandvia London Evening Standard
Big U.K. preservation headline from last week:
Art Deco classic Victoria Coach Station made into a listed building
From the article:

Victoria Coach Station, used by millions of Britons and foreign travellers as an international transport hub, has been made a listed building.Culture minister Ed Vaizey announced the move to protect the coach building, which dates back to 1931, as a London landmark.“Victoria Coach Station, with its soaring Art Deco frontage, harks back to another — more stylish, perhaps — era in public transport,” he said.

Victoria Coach Station, London, England
via London Evening Standard

Big U.K. preservation headline from last week:

Art Deco classic Victoria Coach Station made into a listed building

From the article:

Victoria Coach Station, used by millions of Britons and foreign travellers as an international transport hub, has been made a listed building.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey announced the move to protect the coach building, which dates back to 1931, as a London landmark.

“Victoria Coach Station, with its soaring Art Deco frontage, harks back to another — more stylish, perhaps — era in public transport,” he said.

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170 Valencia St., San Francisco, Californiafrom SFGate.com
Exotic Deco in San Francisco.
From SFGate:

Built by the Independent Order of Foresters, a Baha’i temple since the 1970s, the ebullience endured even while its surroundings languished. Now, with the Valencia scene edging closer and a new dog park across the way, the fraternal society’s former home may again be center stage.

Among several detail shots:

170 Valencia St., San Francisco, California
from SFGate.com

Exotic Deco in San Francisco.

From SFGate:

Built by the Independent Order of Foresters, a Baha’i temple since the 1970s, the ebullience endured even while its surroundings languished. Now, with the Valencia scene edging closer and a new dog park across the way, the fraternal society’s former home may again be center stage.

Among several detail shots:

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