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  1. History Built in 1902 the now disused Theatre Royale located on Corporation Street, Hyde, Manchester has a nicely preserved auditorium and an excellent projection booth full of 3 large projectors. The building opened as a Theatre in 1902 with a seating capacity of 1000 and briefly operated as a Cinema in 1914 when its name changed to New Royal Cinema. This was, however, short-lived and the name reverted back to Theatre Royal as pantomimes became the regular performance of choice. In 1950 the building was used as a repertory theatre for two years before reverting back to a Cinema use with only the occasional Christmas pantomime being performed. The last formal theatre performance took place in 1972 after which time the building was used completely as a Cinema until its closure in 1992. Demolition consent was obtained in 1999 with plans to redevelop the site for housing however, the building was spot-listed in 2000 preventing the demolition. A preservation trust was established in 2001 Theatre Royal Onward and they continue to fight for the preservation of the building. Most recently the building was reported to have been sold to The Islamic Resource Centre in November 2016. Our visit Visited with @AndyK! and @SpiderMonkey This was quite an unusual explore given the location of the building being attached to a live theatre. Co-incidentally the theatre next door had a performance on when we were exploring and the noise of the laughter and participation from the building next door echoed through the empty auditorium as we photographed it. It was strange and surreal having a distant muffled soundtrack of the building going on in the background but for me, it really made the explore all the more interesting. First stop was the projector room… Wow! probably one of the best and most well preserved I have seen. 2 large Kalee Projectors and another even bigger projector behind it, plenty of film reels and a cool little record player. The auditorium itself was cosy and had 2 balconies decorated with plasterwork. The stage still had its golden curtains hanging above it covered in dust, all in all, an awesome Cinema explore, enjoy the photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Higher res copies and a couple more photos on my website: https://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/12/17/urbex-theatre-royal-hyde-manchester-march-2016/
  2. History Teesside Steelworks was a large steelworks located along the south bank of the River Tees between Middlesbrough and Redcar in the unitary authority area of Redcar and Cleveland in the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. Located near the mouth of the River Tees close to the river’s outfall into the North Sea, the site’s blast furnace was the second largest in Europe (The largest at the time when it first fired up in 1979). Originally mothballed in 2010 after the loss of a large contract the Blast Furnace was relit in 2012 after new owners stepped in to restart production. However, the new owners fell into liquidation in October 2015 prompting the closure of the site once again. Parts of the site still remain in use but a lot of the production within this area has ceased with the loss of thousands of jobs. Our trip Visited with Pete (non-member), we had intended to get there early and climb the furnace in the dark, however, when we arrived we found all the access ladders had been cut away leaving us to have to find a more creative way to get up there… Needless to say, the delay led to a daylight climb as far as I could manage without becoming too exposed to the countless security patrols below We had fun having a mooch around the blast furnace but after deciding we had pushed our luck enough for the day we made our exit narrowly avoiding a foot patrol meters below us as we were climbing down Fun times enjoy the photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Higher res copies on my site along with a couple more shots: https://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2017/01/07/teeside-steelworks-blast-furnace-redcar-april-2016/
  3. Once you go black you never go back... Well done monkey
  4. Powerplant V is an abandoned Hydro-electric power plant in Italy which appears to be attached to a factory of some description. Whilst the majority of the site has been abandoned for quite some time, there are some buildings which appear to be still in use possibly still generating power from the nearby water source. The site itself was pretty massive and comprised of multiple building, the largest of which housed the main turbine halls and the iconic Control rooms which overlook the V-shaped layout of the 2 turbine rooms. Whilst Industrial location aren’t my preference, the level of decay and sheer scale of this place made it really fun to explore and we had a good climb around checking out as much as we could in the short time we had before sunset. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. A few more photos and higher res copies of the ones above on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/03/12/urbex-powerplant-v-italy-april-2015/
  5. The Abandoned Cresent Cinema in Pontefract opened 2nd November 1926 and operated until it closed in 1993. Originally the Cinema had a 2 tiered layout with room to accommodate 1190 customers but this was later scaled back to a single level auditorium in 1971 with a reduced capacity of 412 as people flocked to the larger multi-screen complex in nearby wakefield. In order to accommodate the change the projector was moved into a new box built inside the roof void and as a result, a mirror system had to be installed to project the film down to the screen on the floor below. The lower level was sectioned off to form a bingo hall originally and later leased as a snooker club while a large space on the first floor was used more recently as a venue for a dance club. The cinema itself remains unused and complete with most of its features including the screen in perfect condition, the original projectors and lenses and most the seats. Visited over 3 trips with various people too many to name. It’s not often I get a decent explore not too far from where I live so I jumped on the opportunity to see this fine example of a preserved cinema while it was open. It has since been secured and the owners are currently debating the future of the theatre with some suggestions that it may actually be utilised as a cinema or theatre space once again! For now enjoy the photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Few more photos and higher res copies of the ones above on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/09/05/urbex-the-crescent-cinema-pontefract-west-yorkshire-september-october-2015/
  6. Tucked away in the middle of some woodland was this abandoned car graveyard full of old vehicles rotting away. Even having been given the exact coordinates for this place I still managed to walk past it twice it was that well hidden and overgrown… hard to conceive how the cars ever made it to this post and it gives a good idea to how long these cars have sat here… The vehicles were in varied conditions some being in quite a restorable position with more than a few past salvaging… I really enjoyed seeing the really old one with hand painted number plates! really something else! I’m no good with cars but have so far identified; Citroën Clover 5 CH, Renault nn, Citroën Rosalie, Tube Citroën and Simca 5 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Hope you enjoyed the photos, the place was pretty cool!
  7. The rather large Paragon Hotel in Italy has been empty for around 10-15 years and is frequently occupied by the homeless. Occupying a pretty central location in a relatively large city, one of its dominating features is the main ballroom which has a huge skylight in the middle. Draped with fabric, the skylight provides a nice diffused light on the white and gold accented room. Otherwise the building is quite bland, the staircase was modest but had a nice detailed ceiling at the top and the entrance hall was empty and modern. Worth it for the lavish ballroom alone though for sure! Visited with Spider Monkey, Matt and Andy de Kay. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my site: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/21/urbex-paragon-hotel-italy-april-2015/
  8. The Blue Chapel Monastery in Italy sits abandoned and features a bright blue chapel with a very large cross hanging from the ceiling. The chapel itself is the main point of interest in the place as the rest of the building was pretty well stripped back to its concrete and brick construction. Large cracks were showing within the main chapel mostly along the rear wall around a circular window which indicates some serious structural issues likely due to the years of neglect. Thankfully however, the Monastery is in a pretty isolated location and as a result remains relatively untouched and free from any major vandalism or graffiti. Visited with Matt Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors and Spider Monkey. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. More photos and higher res copies of the ones above on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/13/urbex-blue-chapel-monastery-italy-april-2015/
  9. Villa 1967 has gone down hill quite a lot since some of the previous photos I’d seen and so I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with what was left. That aside the place was actually quite nice both from the outside and in some of its internal features. The staircase, you could tell, would have been once very grand and beautiful but was now beginning to crumble and was damaged due to vandalism and years of neglect. For me though, the focal point was the entrance hall with its multiple pillars and painted arched ceilings it was quite impressive. Visited with Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors, Matt and Spider Monkey! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/08/urbex-villa-1967-italy-april-2015/
  10. History The now derelict Bangour Village Hospital is a large Psychiatric Hospital complex which first opened in 1906 as The Edinburgh District Asylum with an initial 200 patients. The Asylum which was modelled on a German village-plan design similar to that of the Alt-Scherbitz asylum of the 1870s. In 1918 when the Asylum has around 3000 patients it was renamed as Bangour Village Hospital and operated under this name until its closure in 2004. As with many other hospitals Bangour was requisitioned during both World War I and World War II and held the temporary names of “The Edinburgh War Hospital” and “The Scottish Emergency Medical Hospital”. Both in the interim years between the wars and after 1945 the Hospital continued to function as a psychiatric facility. A gradual phased closure of the Hospital began in 1989 with the closure of Bangour General Hospital (now Demolished) and the opening of the nearby St John’s Hospital. The last remaining wards closed in 2004. Since its closure, the Bangour Village Hospital was used as a location for the filming of The Jacket starring Adrian Brody & Keira Knightly. In 2009 The grounds were also used as a location for a counter-terrorist exercise named “Exercise Green Gate” which was a large scale training set up with 400 emergency services staff and 250 volunteer casualty actors. The activity was intended to prepare staff for chemical, biological or nuclear attack. Our visit Visited with Baron Scotland and Lowri, I’d always wanted to take a look around this place and was pleasantly surprised at by how vast the site was… the villas just seem to go on forever as you walk around the grounds which are frequented by local dog walkers. We managed to get access to 2 buildings the main recreation hall which was one of the original buildings and the church which was added in 1929 and was in surprisingly good condition with only some relatively minor water damage to one gable wall. Most of the other buildings seemed to be very heavily boarded and in worsening conditions. I don’t imagine there would be a great deal else to see but I wouldn’t mind a look around the nurses block at some point. It’s certainly one of the more attractive buildings externally. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Enjoy