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IoE Number: 448551
Photographer: Mr Michael Perry
Date Photographed: 21 April 2005
Date listed: 28 May 1986
Date of last amendment: 28 May 1986
Grade II

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The following building shall be added to the list:1.SOUTHGATE STREET823

ST7564SW SOUTHGATE STREET 656/23/694 (West,off) 28-MAY-86 THE FORUM INCLUDING NOS 1-5 FORUM BUIL DINGS (Formerly listed as: SOUTHGATE STREET THE FORUM) II* Also Known As: THE FORUM SUPER CINEMA, SOUTHGATE STREET Formerly the Forum Super Cinema, now Bath City Church, set over shops. 1934 by W H Watkins and E Morgan Willmott, assistant A Stuart Gray. Classical Art deco style. Steel framed construction clad in Bath stone, with brick internal walls, and insitu hollow concrete roof and floors, asphalt roof covering. Complex cantilevered system of trusses carrying the balcony of the auditorium incorporated innovative design features. Classical facade of Bath stone ashlar with tetrastyle Corinthian corner entrance treatment with attached columns to 1st and 2nd floors; 7 bay returns to Southgate Street and St James Parade incorporating shops at ground floor level. Large 1st floor windows to form a balcony lounge and stalls foyer, metal framed with cornices and alternating pediments to returns. Entrance vestibule and hall with fluted pilasters, terrazzo floors, veneered doors and panelled dado. First-floor foyer with tall vases decorated with French art deco motifs. Former cafe¿ with panels of figured groups of grotesques. Auditorium with wide, free-spanning balcony conceals lighting from rim of central auditorium dome with central sunray burst and pendentive; spandrels carrying shields of Taunton, Wells, Cirencester and Glastonbury Coat of Arms. Classical motifs in the auditorium include figured friezes on side walls and ventilating grills with barette patterns flanking the proscenium arch. Proscenium opening framed by coves with concealed lighting coves and surmounted by Bath Coat of Arms. Pendant lighting provided by large, elaborate Art Deco Candelabra. Seating mostly renewed c.1950. Upper-floor former ballroom with engaged columsn and sprung floor. Of the ground-floor shops, No.4 St James's Parade retains original shopfront and internal fixtures. The Forum is listed as an exceptionally complete example of an Art Deco Cinema, with a very elaborate auditorium that has been carefully preserved. It is the best surviving example of the work of William Henry Watkins, the finest specialist cinema architect working in the South West.

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