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Art deco brightens up Brighton's Astoria cinema site

Councillor Dee Simson and artist Fred Pipes
Image caption The Grade II listed building is awaiting redevelopment

Art deco paintings have been commissioned from a local artist to brighten up the former Astoria cinema site in Brighton.

The paintings feature local landmarks in the retro-style of 1930s posters and include an image of the Astoria cinema, specially drawn for the display.

Other images on the unused building include Shoreham Airport, Embassy Court, and the Seven Sisters cliffs.

Artist Fred Pipes said the paintings fitted well with the Astoria's history.

"There are lots of great examples of art deco design and architecture around this area and I jumped at the chance to include the cinema in the collection," he said.

Councillor Dee Simson, of Brighton and Hove City Council, added: "Not only does the building look better, it's well known that looking after your local environment makes residents feel safer and more secure."

The Grade II listed building is currently awaiting redevelopment.

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