December 9, 2017
Mural on circle side-wall. Courtesy R.I.B.A. (Royal Instistute of British Architects).
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When I spoke to Michael Egan many years ago, who also worked at the time for Marc-Henry & Laverdet and where he first met Eugene Mollo. He confirmed that the murals here and those within the ladies powder room were painted by Eugene Mollo and possibly other areas. This was to be Mollo’s first cinema interior work in 1929 since leaving the Royal College of Art. Had these panels survived there is no doubt this cinema
would now be listed Grade II*. Sadly so much of Mollo’s work is lost.
There is a full listing of the Streatham Astoria Opening Brochure on the Arthur Lloyd Theatre web site.