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  1. History The Odeon Cinema in Harlow, designed by T. P. Bennett & Son, was constructed in 1959. It opened on 1st February 1960 and in doing so became the first cinema to be built for the Rank Organisation (a British entertainment conglomerate) after the Second World War. The cinema originally had 1,244 seats and featured a stepped raised section at the rear, rather than the traditional overhanging balcony; a design style that had initially been common throughout the UK in both theatres and cinema houses. The projection suite was positioned above the raised section of seating and had an almost level throw to the large screen in front. The cinema closed in 1987 for refurbishment and expansion plans to be carried out. The venue was converted so that it could feature three screens and increase its overall capacity. The raised section at the back was converted into two separate smaller cinema rooms, while the ground floor, which retained the original box and screen, was kept as a larger screen room. No further work was carried out on the cinema until 2001, when the venue was rebranded to follow the new Odeon style. Only minor stylistic changes were made throughout the building. Despite growing competition in and around the local area, as larger modern multiplex screens were opened, the Odeon in Harlow managed to survive until August 2005. Nevertheless, owing to the rapidly declining number of visitors the venue was forced to close as it was no longer economically viable to run. Although it was purchased almost immediately after closure, the premises has remained abandoned since the year it closed. Our Version of Events After hearing that the old Harlow Odeon was once again doable, we decided to head over that way while we happened to be south of the border.As rumour had it, the main cinema rooms were said to still be largely intact in terms of how vandalised they were. When we first arrived, though, we thought we’d made a terrible mistake. The building looked tiny from the outside, and incredibly plain. What made things worse was that we’d managed to time getting out of the car with a freak torrential downpour, so we got fucking soaked. We made the classic mistake, unlike those quintessential British individuals out there, in that we forgot to bring a brolly with us. With there being no obvious way of getting inside initially, we were forced to take shelter for a while beneath a grotty bus stop that was obviously a popular chav haunt. There were that many empty bottles of White Lightening around us, and green gozzies on the pavement, it should have been done out in Burberry Tartan. But, the upside to seeking shelter was that we had time to think about how we might get inside the cinema. So, after a bit of creative thinking we came up with an elaborate-ish plan to access the premises. All we can say is that it’s a good job it was still raining because we were pretty damn visible getting in the way we did. Once inside we quickly discovered that the rumours seemed to be true. All around us there was a distinct lack of graffiti and still plenty of ‘stuff’ lying around to satisfy our bizarre fascination for dusty things. We quickly dried ourselves off as best as possible and then proceeded to get the cameras out. The only disappointing thing about the place at this point was the noticeable number of dead pigeons scattered around the room. It looked as though there has been an epic pigeon battle with very few survivors. There were enough skeletons to rival the Catacombs of Paris, albeit these take up much less room. Some were still fairly squishy too, as I discovered when one of my tripod legs accidently went through one of the poor bastards. Getting it off again was another issue, but we won’t go there. Anyway, despite the pigeon problem we cracked on and it wasn’t long before we found ourselves among three large-ish screen rooms. Each of them are in various states of decay, but if anything this makes them all the more photogenic – if you manage to light the fuckers up that is! That certainly wasn’t an easy task. What made it even more difficult were the surviving kamikaze pigeons that seemed determined to challenge our presence in the cinema. These must have been the victorious ones from the carnage we found earlier. Nevertheless, despite the pigeons there was still a powerful feeling as we stood amongst hundreds of empty seats. The room was silent, except for the odd flap of wings. All those empty eyes were looking ahead, all facing the same direction, mindless in their long wait for the show to begin. Perhaps it was the previous evenings beer and whiskies still talking, but this got us thinking. We were creating new images of a place – one that used to display images to wide audiences who each had their own discrete image (apparently) – whose own image was built entirely around images. Out of all those images, then, was there anything real about any of the images this building has accommodated? Or are they all just for the point of satisfying those empty eyes and minds? Absolutely fucking baffled with our own bullshit, we promptly decided to drop the topic and go check if the lights still worked. If anything, they would offer us some sort of clarity… We concluded our wander around the Odeon with a quick look at the main entrance area which was by far the most fucked part of the building. Our search for the light switches had brought us here. Despite our initial disappointment at the state of this part of the building, we did in fact find the light switch room where we discovered that the power was still turned on. Obviously, an occasion like this called for us to turn all the switches on and run around the building to see which lights were working. It was like Durham Palladium all over again! Without the risk of falling through the floorboards of course. This kept us occupied for a good fifteen minutes or so. After that, though, we decided to switch everything off and make our escape to continue with our day of intrepid exploring… Or not. As it turned out, we didn’t end up getting into anything else, so by the evening we found ourselves back in the company of a fine single malt. Explored with Ford Mayhem. 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:
  2. For Site Report Follow: http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/9890-Aylesbury-ODEON-REVISITED-Six-Years-on-Emotion-Realised-September-2015?p=82244#post82244
  3. Bradford Odeon update (sort of)

    Looks rather interesting although the photos don't really do it justice. There's much better ones elsewhere from 2011. Got to be good news that it may be one small step away from demolition. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-24744907
  4. 2013: Originally it was me who unearthed this gem in April 2009 but it was before I had my DSLR. I made a total hash up of it and it was deleted and soon became a tourist hotspot. I returned later that year with my DSLR. It has been sealed since 2010 now and its future sadly looks bleak. 2009: Ok, I will divide the collection by chronological order! I visited in August, the trip cut short by my camera taking a tumble! I went mid August. I returned in September with Liam_CH borrowing his camera which is alien to me! What a day! We went to go inside at 10:00am, but there were way too many people around, so we checked out the Maxwell Pool, access was too hard, so off to Water Eaton via Whitchurch ROC post, which was Liams first Post. We arrived at Water Eaton, wary of the man who works there, we got inside, but he still managed to find us, and boot us out….. ….Still, there was always Upper Heyford! We called Ukmayhem, and off we went! We got inside, and managed to get 15 minutes before we were turfed off. Still all was not lost, we still had Aylesbury ODEON. We got back into town, recced another few derelict sites, and eventually we gave in, as they were locked up too tight, and went into the cinema. JOY! It was still open! THANK GOD! Luckily for Liam, this was the icing on the cake and it was all worth it. We got the most amazing roof top night shots! Spent a good 4 hours in there! I rushed Liam off to the train station to catch the 11:30 train to Marylebone, halfway home I get three phone calls, and have to pull over to take them. 118 118 was wrong, and he had missed the last train! So I rushed him to Amersham to catch the last train to Marylebone, which he missed still! So he got the 12:15 to Harrow… Anyway onto the pictures: Opened: June 1937 Closed: Halloween 1999 This cinema, was originally opened on the 21st June 1937, with Shurley Temple in "Dimples". The cinema is an original Oscar Deutsch cinema, and was originally a 1 screen Cinema. Inside the Foyer, there were troughs across the ceiling which contained concealed lighting. Seating provided for 954 in the stalls and 497 in the circle. The cinema was tripled during a 1973 Overhaul, it reopened with "The Sward in the Stone" on the 26th August 1973. The Cinema was completley revamped in June 1984. The Cinema Finally closed on October the 30th 1999 (We even found an old ticket from the last ever night!). The New multiplex opened on the 16th December 1999 as an ABC Superplex, which changed to ODEON in Februrary 2000 August Photos: Only a few pics here, must make a revisit, unfortunate and possibly expensive incident with faulty camera strap but dampers on the night. September Photos: More on flickr sorry about the HUGE amount, Its essentially two urbexes http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157622074219288/
  5. This was the first new cinema to be built by Rank after WW II It opened on 1st February 1960 with the film "Follow A Star" starring Norman wisdom and John Le Mesurier. Designed by T.P.Bennet, it had 1244 seats on a single floor in a sloping stadium style and the projector was suspended above the rear stalls almost level to the screen In June 1987 it closed and the rear stalls were converted into two smaller cinemas while the main cinema retained the original screen The cinema struggled to compete with the new six screen multiplex which opened in 1990 and it finally closed its doors in August 2005 The Odeon 1961 and in 1974 _________________________________________________________________________ The power inside is now off so it was flash only I'm afraid I know that a few people have been in here but the old access point is now firmly and permanently sealed due to somebody leaving it in a right old state. Access is now akin to a scene from "The Great Escape". Nuff said I liked this....... God these ticket girls are ugly!!!! I'm begining to realise that no report is complete without a piano!!! I made friends wth cuddly Kenny Everett, yep!!!! Sorry it was a little on the pic heavy side
  6. Now I do like derelict Cinemas, no idea why but they're always one of my favourite explores and this one was no exception. Visited this with Kent_urbex - cheers for driving, made a nice change After a couple of other fails, and a rather expensive food stop (don't ask) we decided to head up here as we were pretty sure we would be successful. Cheers to Trogolodyte from 28dl for some help It's a reasonable size cinema, 3 screens which would have origenally been one big screen, but they chopped the corners off the back to make 2 additional smaller ones, leaving quite an odd shaped screen 1. The projector room for this place was pretty big, and all the lights worked as well which made a nice change. I couldn't get the lights working in the screens thou, no matter how many switches I turned on! The Reception Desk Refreshments Screen 1 - excuse the cobwebs, there were loads of them everywhere. Must be some big spiders living in that place somewhere, not a good explore for you Frosty Shows how they trippled it, leaving a long corridor bit at the back, which they even stuffed some seats into. I don't think it would have been very nice to watch a film from those seats at the back. Screen 2 and 3 were practically identical to each other Screen 3 Projector Room. This was the highlight really. Even though there weren't any projectors left, just the stands, there was one lamp unit on the floor, very heavy thing to lift thou so we left it where it was. Loads of little bits and pieces lying around up here. And that's it really. There were offices and a staff room etc. but they're pretty boring to photograph, so I didn't bother. Thanks for looking. M
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