Sometimes when I see a lovely old building I want to strip away the cars, the advertising hoardings, the street signs and the people and just appreciate the lines of the building itself (I long to discover an editing program that can do this for me!). At other times all that collateral colour and noise just add to the building. This is the case with the lovely old Grosvenor Picture Palace on Oxford Road, Manchester which I walked by yesterday. Designed by Percy Hothersall in what is described as "Renaissance-influenced Roman-Corinthian" style, it was the largest cinema outside London at the time of its opening in 1915. Sadly it no longer shows films but serves cheap drinks to students.