Mural on listed cinema rejected

A painted mural on the rear elevation of a 1930s art deco cinema in a London borough was refused consent after being judged out of keeping with the listed building by an inspector.

In the inspector’s view, the proposed mural, depicting 1990s films in gritty street art style, would be a large overpowering feature jarring with the more glamorous art deco styling of the front elevation of the landmark building and undermine the hierarchy of the elevations, with the sides and rear areas being more utilitarian. He also rejected the appellant’s suggestion that the works were reversible and permission could be time limited, stating the impacts did not need to be trialled to be properly understood and there was no reason to permit temporary harm to the listed building.

Finding only limited public benefits in terms of prevention of graffiti and advertising the cinema in views from a railway insufficient to outweigh modest harm to the listed building in the heritage balance, the inspector dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Graham Chamberlain; Written representations


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