London Art Deco cinema to be demolished

One of the most distinctive Art Deco cinema buildings in London is to be knocked down and turned into a supermarket despite local opposition.

The 80-year-old Towers Cinema building, in Hornchurch High Street, will be demolished to make way for a Lidl store after local councillors in approved the plans. The distinctive facade will be removed and the Thirties building replaced with a partially glass-fronted supermarket.

More than 340 residents signed a petition urging the council to protect the Towers and allow the Everyman cinema chain more time to apply to take it over.

Campaigner Hayley Johnson said: “Once it’s gone, it’s lost forever. It’s distinctive and we don’t have much history left around here. It survived the Second World War.”