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OK now onto the place which was by far and away the most unexpected find of my trip.

 

We were driving towards another explore when we remembered that nearby was an old drive-in movie site so we decided to swing by and snap a few shots as there were apparently a couple of the old screens left. So we parked up and made our way onto the expanse of tarmac that once served as the parking lot, now all overgrown with trees and bushes. We were casually snapping away, taking photos of the two big screens (the third, largest, screen came down in a storm a few years ago) and the old speaker mounts which looked like strange alien probes growing out of the tarmac when I noticed a single storey building covered in graffiti so decided to investigate. In the style of the best clickbait journalism around, you'll never believe what we found...

 

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OK enough of the dull part...I poked my head into the building I had spotted and immediately called my friend over, because what I had just seen I couldn't quite take in. We quickly decided to run back to the car and grab our tripods and also my friend's girlfriend who was waiting for us to return so we could show her as well. So with our proper gear and other person in tow we went back...

 

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So that's two projectors right, but this particular establishment had three screens didn't it?

 

So shouldn't there be a third?

 

Oh yes, there was. And it was even more awesome than the other two.

 

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In all my seven years of exploring I have never been so surprised by a location before. Nobody bothers to explore this place as it simply looks like a boring empty space. Apart from a hole in the roof the room with the older projector inside has been completely untouched since the place closed in the 1990s.

 

It just goes to show no matter what a site looks like from the outside you should never write it off...

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7 hours ago, AndyK! said:

Quite amazing those projectors are still there!

 

Isn't it just, considering it's been closed almost two decades. I think my exact words when my friend said to me 'there are projectors in here too' were 'like f**k are there'....

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That's fucking sweet. Love the old arcade machines and the projectors! Also noticed a village of the damned posted on the side, quite apt :D 

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