(1884–1963). Versatile English architect. He became (1912) a partner of Percy Henry Adams (1870–1934), and the firm quickly gained a reputation for cinema design (e.g. the Carlton, Upton Park, and Carlton, Islington (1928–30), with their Egyptianizing frontages). For Oscar Deutsch (1893–1941) Coles designed several Odeon cinemas, starting with that at Welling, Kent. Among his best Odeon designs were Isleworth, Southall (Mddx.), Muswell Hill (London—a particularly fine essay), the superb Woolwich (London— with its streamlined features and Egyptianizing torchère), and Acton (London), all 1935–6.
From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.