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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyque2 View Post
    I love old cinemas - alas! none around Eeast Devon to my knowledge. Cheers Tony
    Be great wouldn't it! Hell, there aren't even any working ones, unless you're prepared to travel far! ;)

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    I like the Art Deco styling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheep2405 View Post
    Might be worth seeing if you can rig up some sort of electrice you could start using the cinema yourself, with it being boarded up no one would see or hear you and you could have loads of fun!

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    Really cool, love a cinema great pic's the projection booth shot is great with the light beam:)
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    Like the building and the pictures, especially of the main auditorium. Wouldn't like to wade through all that oily water though! Where was the oil and the water coming from? were there any taps etc that had been left on?

    Cheers,

    :) Sal

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    Cheers folks. HI Smileysal... Well the water puzzle is what i'd like to find out. No one seems to know. The river Calder burst it's banks in the 30's and flooded the cinema, I know the water is 6' deep in the basement. It if it was a leak then it's been going for ages
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    Brings back some happy memories. A few years ago a freind of mine tryed to resorect 2 of thease sleeping giants down my way. With a lot of help and goodwill from frends he managed to open them. It was a labor of love with him, i spent many a happy hour with him in the projection box. I even think one of the projectors was running on carbon arc lighting. Sadly boath eventualy folded,same old story ,not enough bums on seats ant the film rental was an arm and a leg!.Quite sad ,Trying to re kindle a forgoton era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad wolf View Post
    Brings back some happy memories. A few years ago a freind of mine tryed to resorect 2 of thease sleeping giants down my way. With a lot of help and goodwill from frends he managed to open them. It was a labor of love with him, i spent many a happy hour with him in the projection box. I even think one of the projectors was running on carbon arc lighting. Sadly boath eventualy folded,same old story ,not enough bums on seats ant the film rental was an arm and a leg!.Quite sad ,Trying to re kindle a forgoton era.
    Thanks Bad wolf.. All credit to you there on the restoration project, It's a real pity it wasn't a huge success, I know leeds stil has a small cinema :Hyde Park' and they have a constant financial struggle to keep it a float.
    This little exploit we had has caused quite a stir. Just before Christmas the hits on my report went through the roof. I wondered were all the interest was coming from. I later found out it was a big enough story to make headline news in the Wakefield express, and news among world global cinema buffs.
    I've more pictures & the newspaper article here
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    Just spent a happy half hour or so reading your blog of the cinema...very interesting stuff and great to see more pics. Excellent explanation of the flooding too.

    Cheers :)
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    Thanks Foxy! as complimentary as always! ;)
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