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Some photos from 2001 here:–
From the English Heritage Website:–
Why do we list?
The word ‘listing’ is a short-hand term used to describe one of a number of legal procedures which help English Heritage to protect the best of our architectural heritage. When buildings are listed they are placed on statutory lists of buildings of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ compiled by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, on advice from English Heritage.
Listing is not intended to fossilise a building. A building’s long-term interests are often best served by putting it to good use, and if this cannot be the one it was designed for, a new use may have to be found. Listing ensures that the architectural and historic interest of the building is carefully considered before any alterations, either outside or inside, are agreed.
Why are buildings chosen?
We select listed buildings with great care. The main criteria used are:
The older and rarer a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. All buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition are listed, as are most built between 1700 and 1840. After that date, the criteria become tighter with time, because of the increased number of buildings erected and the much larger numbers which have survived, so that post-1945 buildings have to be exceptionally important to be listed. Buildings less than 30 years old are only rarely listed, if they are of outstanding quality and under threat. See See post-war listing.
Why are there three grades?
Listed buildings are graded to show their relative importance:
There are 370,000 or so list entries currently protected by listing, and of those by far the majority – over 92% – are Grade II. Grade I and II* buildings may be eligible for English Heritage grants for urgent major repairs.
Exterior photo here:–
The Phoenix was equipped for digital screenings in January 2007.
The nightclub has closed and the former Gaumont is due to be demolished.
The Roxy is no more. It fell to the demolition crew in February 2007.
The Woolton has been sold to a consortium and it is planned to reopen the cinema soon. Good news!
Work stripping out the former ABC Savoy started in February, ahead of demolition.
Gala Bingo vacated the Regal / Odeon building in February, leaving the entire building empty. Its future now looks very uncertain.
And another photo here:–
A few more pictures of the Orpheum here:–
Photo of the corner tower here:–
Photo (exterior) here :–
Another exterior photo here:–
Two pictures of the Century here:–
Interior (larger version of the picture above):-
A pre-renovation exterior pic here from 2000. I was able to gain access to the very dilapidated interior at the time, but was not allowed to take a photograph!
An exterior pic – taken in 2000 – here:–