Essoldo Brighton

134 North Street,
Brighton, BN1 1RG

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Ron Knee
Ron Knee on June 28, 2021 at 5:20 am

I fully agree with your final paragraph and I worked for them. The Plaza/Gaumont Southsea is a typical example. The auditorium and queuing lobby had amazing hand painted panels, which when Rank Bingo took over all but one was over painted. The surviving panel in the queuing lobby lasted for many years, see my details on Plaza Southsea. However, this too was overpainted after this building was listed and before it became a Mosque. Sadly it is only when the building has Grade II* or Grade I is it safe.

Ron Knee

garypainter on December 10, 2007 at 6:31 pm

Oddly enough, it was the Wikipedia entry for Green’s Playhouse which started this, as the person who wrote it quotes Cinema Treasures as the source for Fairweather being involved in both this cinema and the Odeon in Chingford. So it’s all becoming a bit circular – there’s no mention of Fairweather’s involvement in either in Allen Eyle’s Odeon Cinemas Vol I & II, or in the recent copy of Picture House devoted to the Essoldo chain.

Having now seen the interior of the Essoldo Brighton, I can quite happily see that it looks like a Fairweather, although some more solid evidence would be nice! But I still can’t see any stylistic evidence that he was involved in the Odeon Chingford – the very plain auditorium is pictured on p67 of Odeon Cinemas Vol I.

Ian on December 10, 2007 at 1:13 am

I think that is a misprint in the website, the interior was reputed to be by John Fairweather.

There is a little more information here:-
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garypainter on December 9, 2007 at 7:44 pm

I’m curious – looking at the arrangement of the boxes in Ian’s excellent Flickr shots above, I can see some evidence that the Scottish architect John Fairweather might have been involved, as it is reminiscent of the boxes on some of his Green’s Playhouses – especially Ayr. However, the other link, posted by Ken, attributes the interior to a J Alexandra. Can anyone shed any light on this one? I’m also looking for similar information regarding Fairweather’s involvement with the Chingford Odeon, as indicated by that cinema’s entry on this site. All information greatly appreciated!