Art deco era is celebrated at theatre

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THE Stephen Joseph Theatre will celebrate the art-deco era this week with various events.

The theatre was built as an Odeon cinema 75 years ago.

Opened in the presence of Charles Laughton in 1936, its architectural importance means it is a listed building.

Tours of the building, taking in original art-deco features, will be conducted at 11am and 1pm tomorrow and Friday, and at 11am Saturday.

Two 1936 films will be screened. The Ghost Goes West, the first film screened at the Odeon, will be shown at 2.45pm tomorrow and 5.30pm Saturday. Rembrandt, starring Scarborough-born actor Charles Laughton, will be shown at 5.30pm tomorrow and Friday, and 2.45pm Saturday.

Musical comedy from the 1930s will be provided by the Casablanca Steps at 7.30pm tomorrow and Holly Jazz Lowe will perform at the 1930s Songbook Supper at 7pm Friday.

There will be an afternoon tea on Saturday, at 3pm.

Holly’s show and the backstage tours have sold out, and only a few tickets are left for Casablanca Steps.