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December 2016/Jan 2017 Update!
I vowed to not return to this place having done it to death in my early and even later urbex years. But I received a message about showing a fellow explorer around the place; so I went back with my camera to photograph what was left.
I'm glad we did this, because the contractors who had stripped out the site had left some pretty amazing Original Art Deco Features (in places)
We walked through the totally stripped out screens, which looked exactly as I envisaged them, not quite so interesting, so we went into the foyer.
For Comparison, here is a 2009 Photo of the foyer:
WOW! The original double staircase was exposed for the first time in at least 30-40 years, having had one side boxed in by the Heath Robinson Kiosk, and at closer inspection, the original ODEON floor was still intact!
Hidden beneath a cheap, nasty carpet for decades was this absolute beauty of a floor. I returned ten days or so later equipped with cleaning products and a friend of mine and we set about preparing the wonderful floor, which took some graft I can tell you, we didn’t manage to do the whole floor, and what we did took all morning!
Makes you wonder what they were thinking, sticking blue carpets over the top. If you look at the centre of the floor, you will see that the sort of, pinstripe effect curves around. This was where it went around a long lost Box Office which was in the middle of the foyer from the 1930s till the 1970s/1980s.
As a result, there was lots of carpet glue on the floor which didn’t come off, but a few days, some masks and the right equipment would sort this right out
The cinema is earmarked for demolition sometime this year. Perhaps the discovery of the floor will de-rail this? We can only hope….
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