Abandoned 1920s cinema in Los Angeles becomes the new Apple Store

Tower Theatre was the first theatre in Los Angeles to be wired for showing motion pictures with sound, but it has been shut down since 1988. Foster + Partners worked with the technology company to renovate the historic building, which was originally designed by American architect S Charles Lee in 1927 in the baroque revival style. The renovation was made in a collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and expert preservationists. Inside, a grand entry hall designed in the style of Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera House, complete with bronze handrails and…

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David Lloyd Leisure plans 40 new clubs in the UK

DLL has reorganised its top team in order to expand its estate through acquisition, after seeing a “remarkable” bounceback in membership levels since reopening its clubs earlier this year. CEO Russell Barnes – speaking exclusively to HCM – said his move to CEO, with Glenn Earlam taking up the role of executive chair, has been driven by the need to exploit a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for growth. The strong return of members, Barnes says – coupled with property “opportunities created by the pandemic” – has led to the company setting out ambitious expansion…

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UAE fuels $492m investment into Bahrain’s tourism sector

Major investment from UAE-based property developers is helping to support Bahrain’s tourism sector, which is striving to recover from the ill-effects of coronavirus. According to the fDi Intelligence Tourism Investment Report 2021, the kingdom secured $492 million of tourism capital investment last year, the highest in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, largely as a result of investments from Dubai-based Emaar Properties and real estate developer Eagle Hills. Capital investment into MEA last year decreased 82 percent from 2019, dropping to $1.6 billion. The number of tourism jobs created in…

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