62-68 Rosebery Avenue was built in 1896 by architect Frank Job Chambers. In 1911, the ground floor was converted into a 355 seater cinema; The Avenue Picture Palace. Located in an area known then as Little Italy, this was sadly to close soon after the beginning of World War 1 in 1914.
The cinema shared the building with The Munich Gerner Brewery in the lower ground floor, and a handful of printing related businesses on the upper floors. How nice it must have been for the workers in the building at the time to have ‘popped down’ to enjoy a film and a few beers.
More than 100 years later, this classic but tired Victorian warehouse style building has had new life breathed into it. Now home to Brunner UK’ s stunning London showroom, architects McDowell + Benedetti have skilfully converted this into a light, airy and gallery like space while preserving much of its original industrial character