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Kensington Odeon

A Historic England spokesperson said:

"We inspected the Kensington Odeon in 2007 and in 2013. Our advice to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport both in 2007 and 2013 acknowledges that the cinema has a striking fa├žade and retains some decorative internal features, notably the marble-clad staircases.

We accepted that more decorative finishes may be concealed by modern cladding, but the original plan and principal spaces have been radically altered, and the interior overall bears very little resemblance to its original form. No significant new information was presented in 2013 that caused us to reconsider our recommendation.

A Certificate of Immunity from Listing for Kensington Odeon was issued by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport  in September 2013, on advice from Historic England. It stays in force until September 2018.

A Certificate of Immunity guarantees that a building will not be listed during the five year life of the certificate. Historic England (formerly English Heritage) also assessed this building for listing in 1988 and 2006 recommending that it should not be listed. Four Certificates of Immunity from Listing have been issued for the building by the Secretary of State in 1989, 1994,  2007 and 2013. Historic England is not in a position to give further advice on listing the Kensington Odeon to the Secretary of State until the current Certificate lapses in September 2018."

3 March 2017

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