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Great Britain Preston Odeon, August 2019

scrappy

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Over the years I've been lucky enough to see this site on many occasions, But after getting a few messages from friends seeing a way of getting in that wouldn't last, I had to go again and im shocked how bad the place has got. The site was easy to get into and after sending a few messages myself and everyone being busy I went along on my own.

The amount of water coming in through the roof and a lack of willingness to fix it is what shocks me the most. The night club below is still running so thats what the tarps are there for in the photos. I wont do a copy of the detailed history from the report Urbandoned posted last month (i knew a few would have done this at the time).

Brief History
Originally opened in 1928 as The New Victoria Theatre with seating for 2000 over 2 levels. Over the years the place changed owners and names a few times. It even lost its whole lower floor to the now nightclub below. The original projector room was situated inside the dome which is still there above that red ceiling, they smashed holes in it to suspend that red ceiling. The cinema finally closed in 1992.

https://flic.kr/p/8Z3QNb
Just a few photos from this visit as I'm guessing I may have covered it well by now :)

Projector room
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Odeon 2 (smaller screen)
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Old lettering left behind
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Under the main entrance
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Old poster board
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Dome in entrance foyer
1928
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Seats in the main screen
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Main screen with tarps to catch rain water coming through the roof. the tarps are secured by screws going into the old seats armrests. Second photo is to show the change over the years.
2019
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2010
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It was a short visit as I did this between shifts
 

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This is quite close to me, I'll have a look next time I'm in Preston, thanks for the report.
 

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Shame they sacked off the original ceiling as that looked epic. That old seating's very cool though. Nice pics mate
 

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Beautiful seats, and bastard big hole in that dome. Like many great old cinemas unfortunately. :comp
 
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This is pretty nice, really liking those old seats
 
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Shame they sacked off the original ceiling as that looked epic. That old seating's very cool though. Nice pics mate
Didnt just sack it off mate, the ruined it....
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Nice report that, liking the overall look of this place. Cheers for sharing!
 

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Yeah cool that, real shame they feel the need to cover / destroy such lovely original features
 
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