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  1. This was a great fun place to explore, due to the nature of the place it's easy to turn into a big kid once inside. I visited at night with a couple of 28DL members juicerail and sentinel, we had a proper good giggle throughout and I promptly went back for some daytime shots on the roof the following day. There are two floors of bowling alleys to explore complete with stray bowling balls all over the place, unfortunately there's no skittles to aim at but it's easy enough to pretend. One of the bowling levels is covered in trash from illegal raves and squatters in years gone by but the other one is fairly clean in comparison, both have large bar areas and various adjoining rooms with all sorts of bowling paraphernalia to be found. Upstairs there is a maze-like laser quest level with fluorescent gun toting robots painted all over the walls and from here you can make your way up onto the roof. The roof is about as high as anywhere in Streatham so there's a decent enough view from up there and there's even a higher section at the back of the complex if you can be bothered although the view is less interesting from up there. The loft is accessible from one of the stairwells and was one of the highlights for me. You can walk above pretty much every inch of the old cinema's ceiling via a network of wooden walkways once used for maintenance. It's not the cleanest of places as the pigeons have been in here for a while but it's worth a good look in my opinion. History (ripped from juicerail's report): Streatham MegaBowl was formerly the Gaumont Palace cinema and opened in March 1932. Gaumont was a chain of cinemas which never really made it and was bought by Odeon. In July 1944 it was damaged by a German V1 rocket. In 1961 it closed as a cinema and the interior was reconstructed into bowling alleys over two levels, opening as the largest in Europe in January 1962. As a cinema it was not missed. There were others close by and the interior was described as having acoustic problems and echoes. A Lazer Quest was added at an upper level in later years before the whole place closed in early 2008. Since then there have been talks of redevelopment, but little has been confirmed. Here are my shots: Front of Building Bowling Lanes Credit goes to juicerail for taking this action shot One of the Bar areas Bowling shoe graveyard Application forms Employee Record, £120 for a week's work.... The Safe Daily Express from 1969 Ghostly Doors The Laser Quest level Laser Gun holsters What is 'unauthorised personnel'? The Hidden Room The Loft The Rooftop, both lower and upper levels Credit to Sentinel for taking this one in some pretty dreary weather conditions! You're welcome! Thanks for looking
  2. Show's over everyone. Go home! Small cinema, closed for economical reasons. There are however plans for putting it up for use again :0) If you like my photos, please give my facebook-page "a like" ..... cheers!
  3. The La Scala was built in 1913 & was designed by Leonard Clegg,it was first used as a cinema but them days ended in 1957. It was then used as a ballroom playing host to a number of bands who played there every other evening,one of the bands were The Beatles who played twice here in 1962,Monday 12th Nov & Tuesday 16th Oct. The La Scala was used as a club up until 1987,then it was turned into a bingo hall until it closed its doors in 2006. Now gone forever...... Projector room- Where the screen would of been.. thank you..
  4. The Diamont Palace opened in 1905 in the Sint-Gillis district of Brussels. It was first a ‘Salle de Spectacle’ and the auditorium was located one floor up, at first floor level. The foyer and stairs have the feel of entering a grand house, with marble, mirrors and chandeliers all still intact. Seating in the auditorium was provided in stalls and balcony levels. It was a palistered and mirrored auditorium, flanked by Moorish style arches along the walls, with the proscenium flanked by trompe l'oeil paintings.In 1913 it became a cinema and in 1923 the name was changed to Aegidium Cinema.After closing (date unknown) the auditorium became a furniture repository and this was still operating in 1995 when the Cinema Theatre Association included the building on its visit to the cinemas & theatres of Brussels in September 1995. Adjacent to the building was a ‘Salon’ which was in in use by a theatre group.The Aegidium Cinema was described as ‘a rare example of an early Belgian cinema’. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. More on : https://www.facebook.com/PorkyPigsPhotographs
  5. Great explore with SK, Lara, Troglodtye and Peach After exploring some tunnels that would of took a match at one point to replicate a scene from backdraft we decided to try a cinema, after enquiring with some car washing guys how much a mini valet was we decided the best way to approach Once in, and meeting several spiders in the process we enjoyed a pretty chilled explore, lovely building and many many original features still in situ, no bingo hall conversions here Cheers THE BARON
  6. 2013: I believe this is up for demo. 2011: So not having urbexed for MONTHS :-(, I got to do the Skyking, which is something I'd been meaning to do for a while. We had a guided tour round the place with a very knowledgeable man who has worked at Heyford for 36 years! The Skyking was first known as The Astra, but was changed by the USAF, and the seats were refitted at some point. The cinema was closed in 1994 when the whole site closed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
  7. Yes another Cinema report... This was the first location we visited and again a big :thumbs to SpaceInvader for getting this trip organised at such short notice. This is my first cinema report even tho earlier this year i stuck my head in at robins cinema but didnt take any pics so this was a great Explore for me! The pics are all gunna be samey but its limited on shots you can get..Cheers to Nk&PS for the good advice
  8. Evening all, A very brief stop in a small village in France. Not much here but the stairs. Don't know anything about history but it was only a stop if we were close by. The full set of photos below #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 Thanks for looking in.
  9. Back ground History, The cinema first opened in 1937 as the Regal with 1,966 seats, and was renamed the ABC in 1961. In 1966, the former stalls were converted into a supermarket, with the cinema occupying the original balcony area. By 1980, there were three screens, with 300 seats in screen one, 225 in screen two and 125 in screen three, and it went through a number of operators following that, including Cannon, Classic, and MGM, and was then known again as ABC, before becoming an Odeon in 2001, following a £100,000 rebranding scheme. The Odeon closed in December 2004 and Kwik Save in May 2007. It lay dormant for eight years before Shropshire businessman Trevor Harris renovated it and opened it as the Regal Cinema in August 2009. But it closed just weeks later, with Mr Harris saying it would cost tens of thousands more pounds to properly restore it to its former glory. Relaxing Explore Around for the Derelict Cinema, I had only been to this Cinema twice when it was in use the first Film i saw was Star wars and my very last film in 2009 when the cinema only lasted for 1 month was The Proposal Such a shame just after nearly 4 years this place has gone down very Quick with Water damage,theft & damage In the near future The cinema will be used as something else as the Old kwick save under the cinema is being currently turned into an in door Skate park. Was very dark inside! so some pictures will not turn out Great. ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr DSC02435 by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr DSC02387 by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr DSC02342 by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr Thanks for looking
  10. The Cinema-Theatre Varia was built in 1913. Closed in 1986, the particular facade and roof structure were listed as historic monument in 1992. Renovation started end of 2004 but was recently cancelled by lack of funds. #1 #2 #3 #4 Thanks for looking.
  11. Explored this place (finally) tonight with Swamp_donkey. This cinema has changed hands more times than my car! It started life as a Ritz Cinema in 1934, and was billed as "Kent's most luxurious cinema" with 1600 seats. It then become the Essoldo in 1954 and it was subsequently split into two screens, although both the stalls and the circle were kept intact, leading to a surprisingly large Screen 1 in the original stalls, rather than 2 smaller screens downstairs with a bigger one upstairs as usually happens. In 1972 Classic acquired the cinema and added a third screen in the restaurant area where, as music folklore has it, David Bowie's parents met each other. This screen had the odd arrangement of a pirescope contraption in order to project the films, as there was no room for a projector room. It was also tiny for a cinema! Cannon took it over along with the Classic chain in 1982. Subsequently it became an MGM, briefly a Virgin and finally an ABC in 1996, becoming obsolete in 1999, when Odeon (by then sharing a parent company with ABC) opened their multiplex outside the town. Sadly now the place is a total mess, it's due for demolition any week now once the planners sort out their dispute with Railtrack. Why railtrack? Well a railway tunnel runs directly under the cinema, I can verify this as we could hear trains in the tunnel about every 20 minutes while we were there, a very eerie noise that is. Railtrack have haulted any work on site until the demolition company can garuntee that it won't affect the integrity of their railway tunnel. Bonus for us, because it was supposed to have gone by now! (External shot and historical information from http://oldcinemas.webplex.co.uk/tunbridgewells/) Foyer area Leading to the cinema screens, and what was formely the refreshments and snack shop. Screen 1 looking forward Looking Back We were able to get under what would have been the stage area and there were all sorts of interesting bits and pieces stashed away Ladies rest room, possiblly the most un-touched room in the place (apart from the druggy needles in the sinks ) We then ventured into the projector room for screen 1. This had all sorts of stuff scattered everywhere. Sadly no complete projectors, part of one remained thou. Yes that does say 'Billion Dillar Boner' on it. Subsequent googling has revieled it to be a woody woodpeker cartoon, and not a porn film Screen 2 upstairs in what would have been the circle area. Through the modern suspended ceiling the building reveils a glimse of it's former glory. Then we find Screen 3, which was the former restaurant. This was tiny for a cinema screen, and had a post in the middle. Doh! You can still see the remains of the piriscope projection device on the ceiling, which was very crudely made from steel bars bolted together. I didn't venture too far into this room, the floor didn't look good. Lastly we needed to find the second projection booth, very odd this as the only access was by venturing out onto the roof, there was no internal door linking it to the rest of the building. It was stripped totally, apart from this amazing pannel of swiches and dimmers, which must be origenal from the 1930's when the cinema opened. And finally, popcorn anyone? Although it's trashed, I still liked it Maniac.
  12. Visited with my mate Nasher. After a recce with Maniac and Cave Zombie, i decided this must be done. Although was originally planned to go with Maniac, due to his busy lifestyle we couldn't fit it in. A bit of history: The derelict site on Mount Pleasant Road has stood abandoned since October 29, 2000, when ABC bosses announced the termination of business despite opposition from users. It took just 20 weeks to build the 1,600-seat Ritz complex, which used the slope of the hill for the auditorium and boasted a 15-shop corner frontage on the Church Road junction. It also housed a £7,000 Compton organ which was removed when the cinema split in two in 1970, 16 years after it became the Essoldo. Staff included four projectionists, four doormen, salesgirls, a car park attendant, a page boy, waitresses in the Florida restaurant and 13 usherettes. The Essoldo became the Classic in 1972 and a low ceilinged 123-seat cinema was created in the old Florida restaurant. In 1982 the cinema was taken over by Cannon and 11 years later it became the MGM before taking its final name – ABC – in 1966. Despite the many changes and modernisation over the years, which included the concealment of 1930s details such as organ grilles. Now it stands absolutly wrecked by vandalism, pigeons and water damage on a frightenly dangerous level. So bad that the whole entrance area's ceiling has come down. On with the few pictures i took. Coming soon...... A pond life attack. Quite alot of police tape was lying around, almost everywhere. On to the 2nd screen, where Nasher decided he wanted to pose. I was majorly gutted to see that every single seat had been ripped out. And on to Screen 1, which is now an massive empty space so didn't take no photo's, but the projection room was rather interesting. I believe this was some sort of projector. Some old reels and fianlly, some electrics... I did feel a bit disapointed by this, it is so trashed it really is a death trap. Not to mention the smell of pigeons and disease. Don't attempt it unless you have a hard hat, and at least a dust mask. Big thanks to Maniac on this one. If it weren't for the recce he organised i would of never of got this done. And on his request it is the private forum, but after all that police tape thought it would be best anyway.
  13. probably one of the weirdest places ive explored as the heating and electric still runs as its connected to the bingo hall next door thanks to abandoned uk for the tour visited with 12 gauge as well. loads of little bits still around didnt have my eos with me on this one so pics are a bit poor any way on we go Main Entrance admin upstairs parts art deco style room upstairs cinemas 1 and 2 Projector room my favorite
  14. Thought I'd post up photos from my visit here in April this year. This location is very under-valued in my opinion, it is in fantastic condition inside and makes for a really interesting couple of hours explore. The building is pretty big inside, many offices and little back rooms to be found, as well as two projector rooms (Projectors sadly gone) with 3 cinema screens and lots of other random rooms. There's also a fair amount of origenal features and detailing in the building, which is fantastic! The cinema closed its doors in 1999 (I think) when the multiplex odeon opened down the road at lockmeadow. It has laied empty ever since, although someone must maintain it, as it's surprisingly clean and tidy inside, and the ventilation/heating system is still on (as the bingo hall underneath share the same system) Apologies for the quality of these pics, they were on my old camera and were mostly handheld as I didn't posess a tripod back then!! Reception/foyer area Going up . . . Pop corn anyone?? To the Cinema Screens This is Screen 2, Screens 1 and 2 are virtually identical mirror images of each other where the origenal audatorium was split in 2. Motors that powered the screen curtains and shuttering. Screen 3 was the most amazing room with the most fantastic plasterwork in the ceiling. And this random room, who knows what it was used for, but there were lots of period features in it, and a bloody strip light right in the middle spoiling it all! Random rooms everywhere with all sorts of bits in Some projector room equipment, but no projectors And a couple of images from the roof looking over maidstone It was an amazing place to look round, nice and warm and dry for a change as well. Maniac.
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