Friday, May 16, 2008

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Connaught Theatre, WorthingThe Connaught Theatre in Worthing, on the south coast of England, is an earlier building that received a deco makeover in the 1930s.

According to Cinema Treasures, it was originally built as the Picturedrome in 1914. Designed by Peter Dulvey Stonham with a refurbishment by A T Goldsmith in 1933 which gave the building it's Art Deco facade.

The Picturedrome only remained open for a further 2 years closing in June 1935 but by September that year the Worthing Repertory Company took over the building calling it the Connaught Theatre.

The facade is asymetrical. The central entrance with two flagpole on the roofline above the main doors. A narrow horizontal band of windows on the second storey and shorter bands of windows on the lower floor set at different levels. The windows on the left being lower that those on the right.

Connaught Theatre, WorthingOn the right there is a side entrance built into a curved section of the building with a great curved metal framed window. The other end of the building truncated at the end of the rectangular wing.

Today, the Connaught Theatre combines films and live shows and will stage a live production of 'Allo 'Allo! in October 2008. It probably does get lamer than that, I just can't think of it at the moment.

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