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Theatres, auditoriums, cinemas, halls, as long as it had or has some kind of stage or screen, go.

Might not have the same amount of traffic as some other threads but some of them are gorgeous.

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Looking back over all my six and a half years of explores I had more than I expected :D

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Bloody hell that's quite a selection there Ben! Here's a few from Earls Court Exhibition Centre :D

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Here's what it looked like when it was still in use

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Can't beat a cinema or theatre if you ask me. I love badly light painting the bloody things. Here are some of my offerings from over the years.

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