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Former Angel Cinema

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, Islington

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Latitude: 51.5323 / 51°31'56"N

Longitude: -0.1066 / 0°6'23"W

OS Eastings: 531425

OS Northings: 183185

OS Grid: TQ314831

Mapcode National: GBR N4.6W

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.3RH6

Entry Name: Former Angel Cinema

Listing Date: 31 January 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279639

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369038

Location: Islington, London, N1

County: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Barnsbury

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Silas Pentonville

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/64/524 (West side)
31/01/91 No.7
Former Angel Cinema


Campanile-type tower of former purpose-built cinema (Angel
Picture Theatre). 1913; remainder of cinema demolished c.
1973. By H. Courtenay Constantine for Social Service Educative
Entertainment Co. Ltd., patron. Stone and brick rendered in
plaster and stucco; copper roof to dome and lantern, other
roofs obscured. Main foyer entrance originally in White Lion
Street; the Islington High Street entrance at the base of
tower contained grand entrance for circle seats only. (Large
auditorium was at right angles to High Street). Edwardian
Mannerist classical style. Tower is 100 feet high; composed of
3 stages, one bay in width, surmounted by drum and dome with
small lantern. Ground-floor stage with full-height
round-arched architraved entrance with console-bracketed
keystone and half-column and half-pier jambs; door and glazing
removed from entrance and partially replaced by temporary
hoarding; Corinthian pilasters flank entrance and support
entablature to ground-floor stage. 1st-floor stage lined as
ashlar: empty round-headed niche (small C20 sash inserted to
centre) with half-columns supporting segmental pediment and
flanked by banded rustication up to entablature and pediment.
Bull's eye window flanked by foliated relief decoration to
centre of tympanum. At 3rd stage tower rises dramatically
above skyline with 4 faces: each with sash window to centre,
above that a heavy entablature which springs up over a bull's
eye window; banded rustication to corners. The whole is topped
by arcaded octagonal drum, pedimented on alternate faces, a
copper dome with bull's eyes to each face and a small lantern.
INTERIOR: : little original interior fabric survives although
some plaster work and classical detail is indicated on the
ground-floor level; the splendid stained glass windows and
entrance doors have been removed. Rear ground-floor is totally
open to the weather; a portion of the roof has also been
This tower is all that remains of the 1,463 seat Angel cinema.
It opened in March 1913. Its name was subsequently shortened
to 'Angel'; in 1929 it was one of two cinemas to first bring
'talkies' to Islington. (Constantine also designed the Scala
cinema in King's Cross, 1920). This building makes an
important contribution to the townscape, notably in
conjunction with the former Angel pub at no. 1 Islington High
Street (q.v.) it forms the 'gateway to Islington'. Islington
was one of the earliest centres of moving picture
entertainment in Britain. The tower is a striking remnant of
the most luxurious cinema built in Islington during this
period, when it was thought to be 'the aristocrat of local
(Draper, Chris: Islington's Cinemas and Film Studios:
Islington: 1989-: 54-56; Historians File, English Heritage,
London Division: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3142583185

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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