London Art Deco cinema to be demolished

London Art Deco cinema to be demolished

One of the most distinctive Art Deco cinema buildings in London is to be knocked down and turned into a supermarket despite local opposition.

The 80-year-old Towers Cinema building, in Hornchurch High Street, will be demolished to make way for a Lidl store after local councillors in approved the plans. The distinctive facade will be removed and the Thirties building replaced with a partially glass-fronted supermarket.

More than 340 residents signed a petition urging the council to protect the Towers and allow the Everyman cinema chain more time to apply to take it over.

Campaigner Hayley Johnson said: “Once it’s gone, it’s lost forever. It’s distinctive and we don’t have much history left around here. It survived the Second World War.”

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