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Art Deco paintings brighten up empty Brighton cinema

Brighton artist Fred Pipes has created Art Deco paintings of local landmarks to spruce up the former Astoria cinema site in Gloucester Place.

The artworks feature local landmarks in the retro-style of 1930s posters and include an image of the Astoria cinema, specially drawn for this display.

Other images on the building include Shoreham Airport, Embassy Court and the Seven Sisters.

Artist Fred Pipes said: “I was very flattered when the council asked me to help with this project, particularly as the paintings fit so well with the Astoria’s history.

“There are lots of great examples of Art Deco design and architecture around this area and I jumped at the chance to include the cinema in the collection.”

Councillor Dee Simson, Brighton & Hove’s cabinet member for community affairs, said: “These gorgeous paintings really brighten up the place whilst also linking back to the building’s heyday in the thirties.

“Not only does the building look better, it’s well known that looking after your local environment makes residents feel safer and more secure.”

The city council’s environment improvements team works across the city to reduce the number of unsightly buildings and has recently spruced up Preston Street and the former Charter hotel in the city centre and Upper Bedford Street in Kemptown.

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