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Phoenix Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Holborn and Covent Garden, Camden

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Latitude: 51.5146 / 51°30'52"N

Longitude: -0.1292 / 0°7'45"W

OS Eastings: 529908

OS Northings: 181178

OS Grid: TQ299811

Mapcode National: GBR HC.47

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.Q617

Plus Code: 9C3XGV7C+R8

Entry Name: Phoenix Theatre

Listing Date: 23 October 1973

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1242926

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476880

Location: Holborn and Covent Garden, Camden, London, WC2H

County: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Holborn and Covent Garden

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Giles-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Phoenix Theatre



Theatre. 1929-30. By Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Cecil Masey &
Bertie Crewe. For Sydney Bernstein. Interior by Theodore
Komisarjevsky. Stucco with brick and stone.
EXTERIOR: facades to Charing Cross Road and Phoenix Street.
Charing Cross Road facade on a curved corner with Corinthian
columns from 1st to 2nd floors, curved entablature, attic
storey with 7 deeply recessed rectangular lights and enriched
architraves, those at right and left projecting. Cornice and
pantiled roof. Ground floor has 2 pairs of enriched 2-leaf
doors, each with 14 bevelled lights. Facade to Phoenix Street
ground floor has 3 pairs of enriched 2-leaf doors, each with
bevelled lights and decorative fanlights, recessed between
decorative metal grilles, to either side of which timber
panelled 2-leaf doors recessed in brick architraves.
Continuous metal balcony at first floor level. Central feature
of stone with 3 round-headed windows, from 1st to 2nd floors,
with moulded architraves on Ionic twisted columns and a
balcony. To either side, fluted, paired pilasters. Above, a
richly decorated entablature, modillioned cornice, blocking
course and 4 brick dormers. Flanking this feature, in brick,
at 1st floor level, 12-light metal casement windows with brick
pediment over, at 2nd floor level, 12-light metal windows with
brick lugged architrave.
INTERIOR: of elaborate Renaissance design, both auditorium and
foyer with painted panels by Vladimir Polunin. The elaborately
painted safety curtain forms the fourth wall of the auditorium
decoration and is a key part of the composition.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the interior decoration of this theatre,
well-preserved, anticipates Bernstein's patronage of
Komisarjevsky and Polunin in his subsequent 'Granada' chain of

Listing NGR: TQ2990881178

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