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Latitude: 53.3195 / 53°19'10"N
Longitude: -3.4881 / 3°29'17"W
OS Eastings: 300966
OS Northings: 381320
OS Grid: SJ009813
Mapcode National: GBR 4Z21.MR
Mapcode Global: WH653.DT6K
Entry Name: No 135, High Street (E Side),,,,,clwyd,
Listing Date: 14 January 1989
Last Amended: 14 February 1994
Source ID: 14285
Building Class: Domestic
Location: Occupies a prominent corner site with Brighton Road, adjacent to Vale Road Bridge over main railway line at Rhyl Station.
Community: Rhyl (Y Rhyl)
Built-Up Area: Rhyl
Traditional County: Flintshire
Originally opened in 1937 as the Odeon (becoming the Astra in 1969), and designed by Harry Weedon, architect, of Birmingham. It was tripled in 1972, and now contains 2 cinemas and a bingo hall.
Art Deco style, in brown brick with buff faience work incorporating red ribbing on tower and entrance bay. Black tiles and vitriolite panels to ground floor entrances and shop fronts. Corrugated asbestos roofs. Two storeyed circular entrance block at the corner with Brighton Road, of black vitriolite to ground floor and buff faience above is open through its full height internally. Wrap-around, painted canopy with blue ribbing and curved brackets over matching fascia supported by black-tiled columns. Large upper windows are divided by cylindrical piers. Modern lettering above. Tower is set back behind this entrance block: ribbed faience-work panel swept over to form asymmetrically curved roof. Banded brickwork to either side and inside elevations. To the right of the entrance block, a low 4-window bay has twin panelled exit doors; pilastered wall of the auditorium set back above. Brighton Street return has channelled brick to ground floor, and 3 long windows above, linked by bands of projecting brick. Narrow windows in upper storey, which also has channelled brickwork.
Three-storeyed 4 window shop block to south fronts the auditorium (Nos 135-141 High Street. Curved corners and 2 central bays advanced. Black vitriolite fascias and green and black panelled surrounds to shop fronts which have largely retained their original glazing. Altered glazing to upper windows which are set in rusticated brick bands.
Fine contemporary interiors include longitudinal entrance hall with overpainted detailing including half-columns, channelled bands and quatrefoil bronze and bakelite light pendants to panelled ceiling. Matching wall lights. Low curved and stepped jambs to twin stairs leading up by half-landings and with metal handrails and stepped skirtings to upper foyer with original glazing to double doors, etc. Interior of auditorium retains much of its original detail although the balcony area has been divided off: curved jambs to proscenium arch flanked by Deco trapezoidal panels infilled with horizontal ribs over original fretwork patterns. Full-width overarch to reinforced curved ceiling. Original detailing also includes double doors with glazing, ribbed overdoors, fretwork frieze to rear of curved balcony, etc.
An important example of Art Deco cinema design - possibly the best of its kind in Wales - which retains most of its original internal and external character and detail.
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