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  1. A stunning grade two listed gem decaying right on the high street. Featuring the stunning architecture of Alfred Waterhouse who also designed Strangeways prison the Manchester town hall. The main building has been used for many different purposes over the years as well as Prudential themselves. And the basement club was once a Berni inns restaurant (Cafe Monico) a chain that served a post-war British public such delight's as sherry schooners steak and chips and black forest gateau as well as becoming a dance club in the 90's. We had a wonderful two hours in this grade two listed time capsule. Hope you guys enjoy the pics as much as we enjoyed the explore. Thanks for any feedback The Urban Collective We Film It...
  2. The Palace Theater on Union Street, Plymouth was built for the Livermore Brothers in 1898 by the architects Wimperis and Arber as a Music Hall and Variety Theater, and formed part of a development which also included an Hotel called the Grand Western Hotel. The Theater opened as the New Palace Theater on Monday September the 5th 1898 with a variety show. The auditorium consisted of stalls and pit, grand circle, gallery, and eight stage boxes, four on each side of the proscenium, and was built on the cantilever principle with a capacity of some 2,500 people. Sadly the original lavish auditorium and stage house were completely destroyed only three months after the Theater opened by a serious fire on the 23rd of December 1898. The fire started at night on stage but as the safety curtain had not been lowered for the night the fire spread quickly to the auditorium. The ERA reported it in their 24th of December 1898 edition saying: 'The new Palace Theater of Varieties at Plymouth was seriously damaged by fire on Friday morning. The flames broke out shortly before midnight, and within an hour and a half, owing to a strong south-east wind, the whole of the stage, scenery, and dressing-rooms from the ground to the roof were demolished. The first signs of fire were discovered between half-past twelve and a quarter to one o'clock. The usual performance had taken place in the evening, and a large audience had been present to witness the programme, which included, among other turns, a naval spectacular scene representing the Battle of Trafalgar. When the house was closed, at the end of the performance, everything seemed safe as usual. Firemen were on duty in the house while the performance was in progress, but no one bad been left in charge. The fire was, therefore, first seen from the outside. glare was perceived by a policeman near the stage entrance. Every effort was directed to prevent the spread of the flames to the auditorium, but unfortunately it was utterly impossible to gain access to the fireproof curtain. From the first the fierceness of the flames cut off access to the stage. If this curtain could have been lowered the area of the fire might have been at once restricted. The effect of the fire was to utterly destroy everything connected with the stage, and to do an immense amount of damage to the auditorium. All the beautiful scheme of decoration, upon which a large amount of money was expended, has been irretrievably ruined. Happily the facade and the grand staircase, which are among the most striking portions of a very fine building, escaped destruction. In the rest of the house the damage was very great. The fire is believed to have been caused by some combustibles used in the Battle of Trafalgar scene. The Theater reopened on Monday the 22nd of May 1899 and it is remarkable how quickly the building was restored and refurbished The building was converted for Bingo in 1961 and then had a varied life of occasional Theatre use and Bingo for many years until it was once more refurbished in 1978 and reopened as a live Theater again. In 1982 the new Theater Royal opened in Plymouth and this was a major blow for the old Palace, sadly the building's short revival to live Theatre was to end the following year and in 1983 the Theatre closed and was converted for nightclub use as the Academy The academy was one of the biggest clubs in Plymouth until 08/05/06 after a raid at 1.15am which saw up to 140 officers in riot gear storm the main entrance after undercover police suspected that drugs were being sold on the premises the club was then shut down the same night and has been unable to operate since in which it now stands empty and falling apart. Recently been bought by a charity who are in the process of doing the building up. Full set available at http://www.urbanexboi.co.uk Youtube Videos 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.
  3. The Grand in Banbury opened in 1911 as a live theatre and in 1929 began screening films. It was the first cinema in Oxfordhsire to show a film with sound, and started with “Showboat”. The theatre closed in 1935 for reconstruction and modernisation. The Grand reopened in December 1935 , redesigned in an Egyptian/Deco style by Joseph G. Gomersall of Drury & Gomersall architects. It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in August 1943, but was never renamed. The theatre closed in 1968, and was later used for bingo for 30 years. In 2006 the Grand was converted into a Chicago Rock Cafe which later became Wonderlounge. Despite the many uses, much of the internal decor remains intact including the original proscenium and stage, auditorium plasterwork and the circle – although the circle seats have been removed and is now filled with junk. Amazingly, the projector room still contains the remains of a projector setup – a Peerless lamphouse upon an original stand. Visited with @SpiderMonkey Original frontage and auditorium The proscenium still remains despite the auditorium being converted to a nightclub Egyptian and Art Deco fixtures still remain The bar Conversion to nightclub View down the old auditorium - The circle level is now boxed in above Circle level still retains the theatre's last décor And moving into the saving grace of this place, the original projector room survives.... The original projector room Remains of a projector Original Peerless lamphouse Cinema arc rectifier Plate detail
  4. Abandoned a couple of years ago, part of a larger complex of buildings D9 Nightclub in Leicester still has working lights and heating. This wasn't a usual Saturday night out for Spider Monkey and I, and was lots of fun! There was even a bit of stock left in the cellar, and beer connected to the bar pumps - but after a couple of years would only be enjoyed by those who are partial to a pint or two of vinegar! 1. Bar in the main club area 2. Main club area 3. Seating and DJ Box 4. Bottles on the bar 5. Club area 6. Beer pump 7. Champagne on display behind the bar 8. This room is illuminated entirely by blue lighting 9. The Blue Bar 10. Blue Room 11. The bar in the blue room 12. Cellar entrance 13. Beer kegs in cellar View higher resolution images on my website - www.bcd-urbex.com Thanks for looking!
  5. The History Caesars started life as the first purpose built Ballroom in England opening in 1928 as 'The Locarno Ballroom'. It was one of the premiere London nightspots of the time, with Glenn Miller, Laurel & Hardy, Audrey Hepburn, and Charlie Chaplin among the top names to grace its stage. How it looked back then Streatham Megabowl sits to the right nowadays In 1969 it became the 'Cat’s Whiskers Club' with a revolving stage where bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces & Rod Stewart performed. Miss World and Come Dancing (now Strictly) started their legacies there and it became a regular haunt for people in the London underworld such as The Krays. It went on to become 'The Studio' in 1984, 'The Ritzy' in 1990 and eventually 'Ceasars Night Club' in 1995 owned by Fred Batt. The new owner started the first lap dancing club for women in there, it also became a boxing venue and held the first ever pro female boxing match. In recent years cage fighting took place in there and since it's closure there are rumours that illegal boxing matches went on there. Fred Batt with the dancers It made several TV appearances, most notably in Guy Ritchie's movie Snatch for Brad Pitt's boxing scenes. Most Haunted filmed there in 2009 where they attempted to investigate the ghost of Ruth Ellis, the last female to be hung in the UK who is said to have worked in the club in 1948. The episode can be viewed here > and although it's a load of nonsense there is some half decent footage of what the club looked like in it's former glory right at the beginning.In 2010 the club ran into financial difficulties and had to close it's doors for the last time. It was bought by developers who failed to do anything with it and was sold on again in the last 12 months to commercial property developers London Square along with the Megabowl next door. The existing buildings are to be demolished except for the historic facade of the Megabowl and the new site will include 243 new homes, children’s play space, retail space on ground level, plus a community and theatre space. Demolition is fully under way now. The Explore I've been trying to access this place for the last year or so, the closest I got was inside the roof but there was no way inside the building from there. Every other access point was locked up and I had pretty much given up until I heard that the demolition team had turned up. I made a trip with extreme_ironing and we found a way in but unfortunately we were a little too late as much of the interior had been ripped to shreds already, gutted (literally). Anyhow it was still great to see the inside of the place and there was enough of it left to imagine what it would have been like. The ballroom is enormous and with it being in pitch darkness it was difficult to photograph well, especially with the batteries dying in my torch. Anyway I did what I could and hopefully enough for you to imagine the place before it is gone forever. The Roman murals covering the walls would've been enough to make even Del Boy blush, they were tacky as hell but kind of cool. Anyway onto my pics, hope you enjoy Arty shot of the night The Stage Strippers billboard Stripper poster, one for the ladies Backstage Bits of the PA system amongst rubble on the dancefloor Extremely grainy shot of the stage from the balcony The sorry state of affairs, if only we'd got there 2 weeks earlier....this gives you an idea how big the place is at least Plaster decorations ripped off the walls Stairs leading up to the balcony, most rooms up there appeared to have been stripped already with asbestos removed Looking towards the balcony from the top of the stairs One of the countless murals dotted around The bar Looking across from one balcony to another with large leather seating downstairs Cage fighting poster Hand written bubbly menu, perhaps from an illegal boxing match....? More murals Carpets with Caesars logo Balconies Compliments slips in one of the offices that hadn't been stripped yet but were trashed Found this sign amongst the rubble 'Smile you're going on stage' Thanks for looking at some of my crappest photos yet, you can see more shots from Caesars on their still functioning website here http://www.darkforce.com/caesars/ RIP Caesars
  6. Another bar destroyed by the ongoing feuds & politics engaged in by the big clubs on Ibiza. Looks like it re-opened 2004 http://www.ibiza-spotlight.com/night/reviews/2004/morgana_170704_i.htm blurb Morgana is a mix of chill-out gardens, VIP terraces and indoor dance club. Lavishly decorated both inside and out in Arabian style complete with comfy sofas under Moroccan tents, wrought iron furniture, lanterns and elaborate paving, no expense has been spared in creating the ultimate night time venue. I think it closed 2005 'cause I can't find anything on it after that & I visited in 2014. Any way enjoy the decor......... AK Morgana front by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana entrance by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana bar by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana fire place by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana counter by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana bar by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana lounge seating by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana lounge by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana rear by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana terrace by Infraredd, on Flickr AK Morgana till by Infraredd, on Flickr Full set https://www.flickr.com/photos/infraredd/sets/72157648575250352/ Thanks for looking
  7. The Plymouth Town Mission was established in 1836 to extend the Gospel to poor and destitute people in Plymouth. In 1876 they extended their mission to include the Crossline telephone counselling service to those in need. Plymouth Brethren Bethesda Mission 1898 & 1901 Mission Classroom Bethesda: House to house visitation for instruction in spiritual truth, circulation of scriptures and tracts, to hold mission and cottage services, relief of the poor and sick, occaisional teas for poor persons,Evangelical and unsectarian. The Gaumont Palace in Union Street, Plymouth, was opened in 1931. The building's fluted columns and tiled foyer immediately attracted attention whilst inside the auditorium a mighty Compton organ had been installed at a cost of over £6,000. Mr Leslie James entertained the audiences on this during the intervals that week. The walls of the cinema had been covered by acoustic felt and fabric to prevent echo. Dressing rooms had also been provided. Designed by Mr W H Watkins and built by Messrs McLaughlin Harvey Ltd of Highbury Grove, London N5, the main structure was formed of a new material named Clinco-Compo which was manufactured at Pomphlett, Plymstock. This was faced with red brick from Reading, Berkshire. Seating for 2,252 people had been provided by Messrs W W Turner Company of King's Heath, Birmingham. Heating was by warm air ducts and even the lighting was hidden behind grills on the walls. The Gaumont's first manager and licensee was Mr R E Eady and the advertised prices were: front circle 2s; back circle 1/6d; front stalls 7d; back stalls 1s. There were continuous performances from 2 until 10.30pm. Mr Maurice Leacey was the Chief Projectionist. Under him, in 1939, were four projectionists, Mr R Thomas (2nd), Mr C Charters (3rd), Mr C Peel (4th) and Mr E West (5th). The projection suite consisted of six rooms. Crompton-Parkinson generators supplied Hall and Connelly type R.4 H.I. arc lamps, which were installed with Gaumont R/S Eclipse projectors. On either side of the projectors were a Premier 75 amp spotlight and a slide lantern. The Duosonic Sound was provided by two 200 watt main amplifiers and two 10 watt input amplifiers, with a change-over switch. The stage battens and floats and the proscenium arch lighting were all three-colour. These were all controlled by a dimmer switch with remote control conveniently located in the projection room. The screen curtains were also controlled from there but the house tabs were operated by hand from the prompt side of the stage. The Millennium complex was closed in 2004 and was owned by Luminar Leisure group .
  8. The iconic 'Sol Viva' in Bury is set for demolition :/ I had many a fun night in there as a 14 year old, treading the sticky carpets and throwing up after too many shots. Since it closed I've wanted to get in there; looks like I'll be too late as I won't be in my home town for a while. Looks like plans start on bank holiday Monday, but it's expected to take 17 weeks, so there maybe a short time to get them pics! I'd love to see old Sol before it's gone. If you're round that way, ave a look!!!! http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/10628894.Sol_Viva_nightclub_set_to_be_demolished/