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UK Danilo / Cannon Cinema, Hinckley - Feb 2016

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Opening in 1936 the Danilo Cinema had seating for 1,250 people and was the most luxurious available at the time. The cinema opened with a single screen and small stage, and the seating was split between two levels – stalls at ground level and and a circle balcony.


The cinema was decorated in an Art Deco style with simple, modern lines throughout. A lot of thought had gone into the design and layout to ensure that all seats had a clear and uninterrupted view of the screen.


In August 1973 the Danilo was re-opened as three screen cinema which later became the Cannon. The circle level became one large screen and the stalls split into a further two smaller screens. The proscenium arch of the original stage can still be seen behind the current screen, however the bottom half is now cast in concrete from the creation of the lower two screens.


The cinema closed in 1993. The lower levels were converted and used as a bar called All Bar Sports from 1998 until 2004, unfortunately loosing the two smaller screens. The building has been out of use ever since and is now starting to suffer decay and water ingress.


Visited with @SpiderMonkey



1. External


2. Main auditorium


3. Side view


4. Read of auditorium


5. View from back


6. Decaying seats


7. View from stage


8. Entrance to auditorium


9. Entranceway


10. The proscenium arch of the old state. The lower half was set in concrete during the creation of the lower two screens.


11. Rear of the cinema screen


12. Projector seats


13. No projectors left in the projector room


14. A Nevelector. Always a joy to shoot.


15. Entrance foyer


16. Steps from upper lobby


17. The upper lobby


18. Sports bar

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Brilliant report mate the colours are awesome in there:D The stage curtain looks alot longer than ones I have seen before :o

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Holy crap that is a belter of a report. Captured with stunning pics! 

I love places like this although sad in a way, it's the combination of opulence and decay. :thumb

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Wow, I used to work here right up until it closed. Had some great times there. So sad to see it like this! I still remember climbing those stairs, selling ice-creams at the front & walking across the top of screen 1 

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20 minutes ago, Landie_Man said:

Ooh I like this.  Is it still there?


Yes, still there as far as I'm aware

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Yes the building is still there but it's so upsetting to see all the windows smashed virtually & boarded up. The reception pretty much looks like it did when we were there but obviously the rest of the building has gone right downhill. Such a shame. Such a waste! 

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