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    I visited The A.B.C cinema during the week for a little night time explore.

    The cinema was opened on December 9th 1935, as the Regal and formed the centrepiece for the councilís redevelopment scheme in that part of Wakefield. Apart from film shows it also held stage performances. It became the ABC in the 1960s. The cinema closed as the Cannon in 1997, in the face of competition from the newly opened multiplex Cineworld.
    Anyway the place is badly flooded with the cellar under 6' of water. We had to were wellies for this trip

    I'm glad we hadn't just watched jaws!

    This is the only way to the seated area. The water has a fine oil slick surface and is 12-18'' deep.



    This sign is at least 23 years old as the half penny was taken out of circulation in 1984, A useless and short lived coin that was only in circulation for 13 years. There were few people sad to see the back of it.
    On the other hand hillards was a small North of England supermarket chain taken over in 1987 by guess who??..Tescos of course!





    The place was in total darkness so i lit this shot from the projectionists room with the big 5 mill candle torch.

    Now showing... Close encounters of the third kind.

    We climbed up into the roof space above the stage. The ladder leads onto the roof but you've got to be carefull as there's big gaps in it & one hell of a drop below :icon_evil

    While the other guys got some arial shots up there i played around with the torches under the roof section as it was too bloody cold to go up there for long

    It was well gone midnight and absolutely FREEEZZZING when we got out of there so we grabbed a few external shots and vanished into the night sharpish
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    Nice site fella, was there any method in going at night? I've never thought of visiting a site in the dark...........Something I must try!
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    Very nice, one like this was found when i was in Sydbey and we managed to get a DVD projector and had a few film nights in there. Has the cinema got electric? if so you might be able to do the same thing. Nice work on the photos BTW.

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    Excellent pics, Phill.d. Love the colours. Like the cheeky LHES sign in the 'letter room'. :D

    Cheers :)
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    Thanks for the compliments folks. No the cinemas has been closed 11 years so there was no electric on.. It wouldn't matter if you did this one in the day or night as there are very few windows & what there is are boarded up with no windows what so ever in the auditorium. You just need good torches and wellies for this one! :)
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    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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    Hi Phill.d
    Excellent photos. I love old cinemas - alas! none around Eeast Devon to my knowledge. Cheers Tony
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    Nice one, the 6th and 7th pics make it look in better condition than some cinemas i know that are still operating Really must get round to taking a trip out of Leicester and exploring a cinema one day. All the ones around here have been demolished or converted now :(

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    That is a really amazing looking cinema. A lot more grand than my local abandoned ABC! You have produced some creative photos, i like them - especially with the light coming out the projectionists booth. Might be interested in seeing this myself at somepoint.

    Doesn't look too comfortable wading through the ground floor though.
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    Yes it's funny how good nick it looks if you light them in different ways, I was thinking it still looked open myself. I did mostly light painted stuff but as we got colder as the night went on i just started using flash photography. There looks a real difference to the cinemas condition on these shots and there no where as near atmospheric. This is one of the 2 smaller screens down stairs.
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