I was passing the Warwick Road demolition site yesterday and I took some pictures of the grand old lady Lonsdale in her deaththroes.
They have completely pulled down the old nice white art deco frontage.
In its 1962 heyday :
All that remains visible now is the building to the back, which housed the cinema screens and lobby area and the impression of the staircase up the wall.
Such a shame they couldn’t of at least saved the frontage and just knocked the rest down.
This one is taken around the back on Cecil/ Mary Street. This part of the Lonsdale housed the cinema screens.
It was too dark to see in – too much, due to the roof still being on but you could make out the red drape wall furnishing were still hanging.
Its sad to see it go but it had reached the point where it was shuch a state it ruined the street. Lets hope the Halstead Group, who bought the Lonsdale site for £500,000 and are about to open the adjacent building as a swanky new hotel this summer. Put a fitting tribute to the Lonsdale in there new hotel carpark.