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Odeon Clacton-On-Sea, 1936

One of Oscar Deutsch’s original Odeon theaters, this was relocated in the British resort town of Clacton-On-Sea.  The entire facade of the building was clad in cream-colored faience tile on the exterior arranged in a basket weave pattern.  Note there’s not a window anywhere and with its flat-topped tower and massive size it readily dominated the landscape, looking about twenty years too soon from the rest of 1930’s architecture.  A true knockout of theatre architecture.  The Odeon Clacton was demolished in 1990.

(Photo from the Cinema Treasures website)

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