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  1. I took a trip to the south of France to see my brother and his family and stumbled upon this little place in Narbonnes. I'd seen a picture of the exterior online but couldn't find any photos from inside so I was quite keen to take a closer look. Here's a few bits of history I was able to piece together.... Long before it became a cinema the building was used to house a Spanish colony in the 1950s. Around that time it also served as a place for evangelistic meetings, these meetings were facilitated by the English missionary Douglas Scott. In 1980 the owner of the Alhambra (another local cinema, now demolished), Mr. Pelous, became the owner and transformed it into the first multiplex cinema in Narbonnes consisting of 5 screens. In 2001 a new Mega CGR Multiplex cinema opened on the outskirts of town. Vox struggled to survive the competition and offered Arthouse movies as an alternative attraction but ended up closing it's doors in 2005. In 2006 it was sold to property developers but due to opposition from neighbours they failed to get the ball rolling and it has now been abandoned for 10 years. During that time the building has housed squatters and suffered from fire damage. Recent plans have been put forward to demolish the building and replace it with apartments, this is being met with opposition from local residents and the Mayor who would like to see it restored instead. It is the only downtown cinema left, all the others have been demolished. Here is a link for a petition by the Mayor of Narbonnes to save the Vox from being demolished (translated into English), please sign it if you think it deserves saving..... Cheers http://bit.ly/1TnvqOq 1. 2. The entrance lobby is filled with these blue seats which have been removed from Screen 1. 3. Ticket Hall 4. How it looked when still in use in 2001 5. 6. Screen 1, the largest of the 5, has definitely seen better days. My heart sank when I walked in here 7. Most of the other projector rooms were completely empty but this one had rolls of film everywhere and other bits lying around 8. 9. Screen 2 was in far better condition, things were starting to look up 10. 11. 12. Everywhere you go in this place there are bits of film memorabelia scattered across the floor 13. Screen 3 has been left with only 2 rows of seats bizarrely 14. 15. 16. Screen 4 is a sorry sight, fire damage has caused collapse from the floor above and irreparable damage throughout 17. 18. 19. Screen 5, fully seated and amazingly still has an almost intact screen! 20. Old tickets, 32 Francs a piece......that's about the price of 4 Kronies nowadays Quite enjoyed this one despite the state of it. It always has more meaning documenting somewhere that hasn't been photographed before, especially when it's on the brink of disappearing forever....... Thanks for looking mes amies
  2. So, I'm sure by now everyone has seen this place, but damn it's something pretty special. As soon as I saw this place pop up online I had to go, and within a couple of days I got a message from a friend - "want to go see that place with the cannon in France?" My answer was obviously yes, so the next day I found myself bombing it down the motorway on the way to Dover to meet her. Soon enough we were under the sea and on our way down. We didn't have a particularly successful morning with other places on the way down, but this place made it completely worthwhile. It literally was the tour bus hot spot when i went - no need to worry about access, just follow the footprints, and I counted another 18 explorers inside with us! Was an amazing day all round with so many features, so here's some pictures.. (and sorry if its a little long!) As always, thanks for looking!
  3. Hi all, Some pictures from old cars...
  4. France Prison H15 March 2016

    Prison H15 has been on our list since we started with urban exploring. We arrived around 6 a.m. when it was still dark outside. My heart skipped a beat with every noise I heard. I like to freak myself out haha. We wandered through the prison for some time untill it was light enough to take pictures. We had a great time exploring this place and the gypsy camp was quite an interesting thing to see. Cheers! Rody 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  5. France Prison H15 2-2016

    My first explore in France.
  6. France Pottery S - Jan 16

    I've not been out on a good explore this year and starting to feel the itch. Hopefully that will change in the next month! In the meantime here is one from the end of last year. After an early start and a bloody long drive across Luxembourg (petrol is sodding cheap there!) and into France we arrived at the Pottery. I was expecting a really big place with loads to see but once we were inside I was slightly disappointed. Then I had a look around and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of things to shoot. I'd bought a new Sigma 12-24 Mk2 lens so, I thought, this was the perfect place to try it out! The verdict... what a piece of shit. I sent it straight back after I got home! Sooooooo much lens flare from the slightest bit of light through the roof or from an odd angle. I had to use a fair bit of exposure blending in PP so some of the shots do look a bit HDR-like. Hopefully not too much as I'm really not a fan of HDR. I ended up reverting back to my stock 24-105 for the remainder of my shots and this handles differing light sooo much better. Even my Samyang 14mm handles the light better than the Sigma. Anyway, enough of my lens gripes. Here are some of the shots: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Thanks for looking!
  7. France Powerplant De Schneider(01/2016)

    a really cool powerplant in france, the big turbine hall was really cool, but the control room,, the best i ever sa
  8. Headed over with @SpiderMonkey for a weekend of Euro powerstationing. This place had some seriously huge turbonnage! History Opening in the late 1950s Centrale De Schneider was a coal-fired power station in France. The original configuration two turbines made by Cie Electro-Mecanique (the French subsidiary of Brown Boveri) was expanded in the 1970s with the addition of a Rateau-Schneider generator set, bringing the total capacity up to half a gigawatt. The Electro-Mecanique turbines were retired in the early 1990s and all the associated equipment has since been removed. The power station ceased generation a few years ago when the Rateau-Schneider was also taken offline. The big blue Rateau-Schneider The big oranage Electro-Mecanique's The yellow control room Boiler House External
  9. This was a while ago now, back in early November we travelled to Northern France to hit a few sites, this former colliery being one of them. I was thinking that there isn’t really much to see except THAT window, so it was a looonnnggg old drive just to see one thing. It turns out there is a nice old control room for the mine power plant as well. We spent about an hour in this building before heading round to the wash rooms and my first glimpse of the kuhne (I think that’s what they’re called - the hanging baskets where the miners keep their things when they go underground). They weren’t the best to be honest and whilst we were in the wash rooms we heard the security patrol driving round in their car so we waited inside for about 20 mins until they had gone and then scarpered! I believe the site closed shortly after an explosion underground killed 15 or so miners back in the 80s. There’s a monument outside the site in their memory (which I didn’t take a pic of stupidly!). Anyway on with the pics. Thanks for looking
  10. Hello all A small report containing only three photos at the moment... I hope that you will enjoy it
  11. France Prison H-15 (April 2014)

    The first time I saw pictures of this place it made such an impression that I had to try go there. I heard the stories about the notorious gypsy camp outside and the random police training with dogs and guns... However, on a bright morning there we were in Northern France - the first location on what was my first Eurotour. I felt a mixture of things - slight apprehension, massive anticipation and spaced out due to lack of sleep! We managed to get in without too much drama and soon bumped into 4 other UK explorers. Here are the pics from the main section of the prison which is the most-photographed 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Its well-documented that there are 2 separate sections which make up this prison and in-between runs this piece of 'no-mans-land' 10. Sometimes lady luck shines down and so it was - we had timed it perfectly so that access was also possible into the lesser-known section which is either lower risk or female inmates depending on who/what you believe. There was a lot more to see in this bit than just rows of cells covered in graffiti.... 11. 12. 13. 14. 15 &16 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. As I took this pic I thought how ironic it was that we were determined to get into a place that housed so many that would do anything to get out of! And so it was time to leave, and as we did we noticed a couple of dodgy characters from the camp seemed to be following us. Again we were lucky (and relieved) as we bumped into the other 4 explorers and with strength in numbers we got back to the car in very good spirits!
  12. Hi all, Some pictures from an old farm in France Hope you like it
  13. Hi all, Some pictures an old company closed since 1969.... Hope you like it
  14. France Sarko Home (Nov 2015)

    Hi all, A very little house somewhere in France...
  15. Almost a year ago I've visit this big castle with my friends. I was overwhelmed by the things that were still inside. In particular that beautiful library! A lot of bedrooms with different kind of beds. Beautiful chairs, paintings and much more to see. Here's a little collection of my set, more you'll find on my flickr/fb account. Thanks for watching . #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
  16. France 3 Planes... Sept '15

    A small plane graveyard somewhere in France... Just the 3 planes here but we only checked out 2 as someone from the airport kept driving round so we buggered off! As always... Ta for lookin'
  17. France The Foot Factory...

    An exceptional, abandoned textiles factory in that there France... Thanks for lookin' in...
  18. France Forge Lunaire... Oct '15

    Another euro weekender and we were lucky enough to find ourselves in this MASSIVE French steel works... ...FORGE LUNAIRE... As always... Thanks for takin' a look...
  19. A beautiful chateau tucked away in the French countryside... Luckily we got to see it just before it was horribly trashed! ...CHATEAU FACHOS... Thanks for lookin' in...
  20. France Garage Pousette... Oct '15

    In a small French village, in the middle of nowhere, lies this old garage/car graveyard... ...Garage Pousette... Thanks for lookin' folks...
  21. So this is my first post, I hope I'm doing well This used to be a very beautifull castle. Not only the inside but I also loved it from the outside OMG. It was first mentioned in 1108, so it's very very old!! Tnx for watching and any feedback is welcome. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
  22. France Music House October 2015

    first location of my trip with Stussy and a non member, good trip and good locations on with the pics, since loosing my hard drive I`ve had to recreate a lot of settings for processing, going in a different direction so bear with me The resizing has made these look a bit shite !!
  23. I’m sure you have all seen pictures popping up on various forums, FB and flickr, and so had I! When I saw it it was a place I had to visit. Luckily I got a message from my Dutch friends about a great new location they’d got details of and, low and behold, it was the same thing. The next thing I did was book the chunnel up pronto and went over that weekend. After a painful drive through some French farm roads to the north of Paris we got there and got in at first light. It was pretty dark inside even up on the top floors, but as it got lighter we saw what we had all wanted! I know very little about the site, other than what I’ve heard on the grapevine, that the owner is in Costa Rica (??) Judging by whats left in the place music and amateur radio seemed to play a big part in the owners interests. Oh, and I heard that some Belgian explorers had been busted not too far away from here by the gendarmerie who followed their car and then pulled their guns on them! Anyway on with the pics: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Thanks for looking
  24. Not much to say about this one really... Exceptionally beautiful manor house, hidden in the woods somewhere in France... ...MANOIR MUSIQUE... ... ... As always... Thanks for lookin' in
  25. France October 2015 : Fachos

    3rd location of the first day in France with Stussy and a non member Lovely place, good fun and I didnt crash the hire car on this day of the trip cheers The Baron
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