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Great Britain Victoria Theatre

BikinGlynn

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The Victoria Theatre Salford officially opened 10 December 1900 and was last in use as a bingo hall in 2008. The original capacity was 2,000 seated, this was increased to 3,000 in 1910. Palatial Leisure Limited sold the building in September 2018.

The 2,000 seater theatre opened with the play "Sign of the Cross," performed by William Greet's company, with Edward Vincent as the Prefect and Virginia Buckle as the Christian girl Mercia. The front of the theatre was described as "red terra-cotta, divided by Ionic pilasters into five bays" and the foyer was described as "a hall 34 feet long and 18 feet wide, with marble mosaic floor, walls panelled in fibrous plaster, and hand-painted ceiling". The dimensions of the stage were also recorded as "Its width is 74 feet, the distance from the curtain line to the back wall is 40 feet, the distance from stage to grid is 50 feet, and the proscenium opening is 30 feet in width.

After a brief unsuccessful attempt to run the venue as a bingo hall in 1973 the theatre closed again. It then remained dark until the 1980s when a second attempt was successful and the bingo hall remained open until 2008. The theatre became a Grade II Listed Building on 18 January 1980

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Another one of the backlog from a trip up North, this place was a spur of the moment stop.
Its a bit of a derp to be honest, the addicts have been in there & the ground floor is stripped bare.
Fortunately some beautiful colours on the balconies survive & there is still a few bits untouched in the higher room so it makes for some good photography if you can handle the near zero light in there!
Unfortunately a bit of the roof has already gone & water ingress is slowly rotting the upper floors!

Again it appears the listing means nothing & this place will be left to fall in on itself.

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Great report! You've captured it very well :) Would it be possible to include the month and year in which you visited in your title please? Cheers!
 

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Thats pretty cool and some nice original features still there.
 

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Sadly it's often the case that listed buildings fall into disrepair - the listing can make it difficult to find a new use. It's a shame really
 

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P.s. can you let me know the month and year visited, I'll add it to the title. Cheers
 
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