Hulme Hippodrome Nov 2017

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Thanks to the good people at the Pirate Cafe:pirate:, Mr Camouflage who let me in and Luke:encouragement: for being so kind and crankin out some seriously cool tunes on the decks, filling the theatre with the echoes of dub. Thanks for keepin this beautiful building safe folks!


Tbolts first class report reminded me that this place had dropped off my radar, the last I had heard it was sealed up a couple of years ago, so I was really surprised to see the some photographs from inside and just had to try and see this place for myself.


Recent events at the Hulme Hippodrome...



For the last several months the Hippodrome has become the home for a group of artists and musicians who have turned this place into a community centre for the local residents, whilst improving the stereotypical negative views of squatting. The group is linked to artist collective “Loose Space”, whose members were recently evicted from the former Cornerhouse and Hotspur Press buildings.

They have spent time cleaning up the theatre as it was full of debris and dead pigeons and are also running a soup kitchen, The Pirate Cafe for the homeless. It’s amazing what people with a passion and positive energy can achieve. I think these kinds of initiatives should be encouraged and assisted by the local councils and not hampered by red tape. I know it’s not always practical, but with the will and determination these types of empty buildings can be used in a beneficial sense rather than lying empty a waiting the next arson attack or metal theft, thus rendering them only fit for demo.

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The building is currently owned by the Gilbert Deya Ministries - a controversial group affiliated to ‘miracle’ preacher Gilbert Deya, but the occupiers have not heard anything from members of the church group, which bought the building back in 1999 and held church services in the foyer for years.

Deya, a man who reportedly claimed he could help infertile couples have ‘miracle babies’, visited Hulme last year for ‘Seven days of unusual miracles’. In July he was extradited to his native Kenya to face accusations he stole children as proof of miracles. He denies the charges. But the preacher’s influence can be found throughout the building. Dozens of his books titled ‘The Solution to Financial Prosperity’ litter the floors and aisles of the theatre. (The Manchester Evening News)



Some less recent history...


The Hulme Hippodrome was originally known as the Grand Junction Theatre and Floral Hall, which opened in Manchester in 1901 and was designed by the architect J.J. Alley.
It was last used as a theatre in the 1960s, from the mid-1970s until its closure in 1988 it was used as bingo hall. Since then most of the building has remained empty, and it has been placed on Manchester City Council's Buildings at Risk Register.


The Friends of Hulme Hippodrome had hoped to get the building listed as an asset of community value which would have given the community group six months to raise the money needed to buy the building from the owner before it went out to general market. The application, however, was turned down by Manchester City Council. A council spokesman said: "There would also be a significant cost to bring the building back into use, into the millions, and without a business plan in place it would be unfair for us to assume they could turn the building around.

The building which was bought by the church for £200,000 was due to be auctioned in May 2017 at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, with a guide price of £300,000. (wiki)




So on with some scenes that greeted me...


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The colours in here are just spectacular!



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Into the bowls of the theatre, beneath the stage:excitement:



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Glimpses of its previous use before the religious sect took it over



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I just love whatever this strange electrical cabinet holds within. I would gladly offer it a home and daily worship its bulbous glass vacuums, I want it, badly:triumphant:



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Now you want it donÂ’t you!:biggrin-new: I would turn these wonderful bulbs into some kind of vibrant sparkling plasma balls, they would come alive and feel the power of electricity again! Can anybody please tell me what the hell they are??? They obviously get very hot hence the fans beneath, are they some kind of glass valve? I hope they are donated to some museum of industry and preserved as they are truly fabulous, f00kin awesome really!

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Old porcelain urinals also have a certain charm about them...but I don't suppose everyone can see that:rolleyes:



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Just one of the many boxes of paraphernalia left behind from the religious cult:stupid:


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I sat here for a good hour just chillin to the tunes, fink I might crashed out at one point, dub bounces around the space, it's like being on a boat:chuncky::afro::biggrin-new:



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One of the 2 original theatre dressing rooms.



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Here’s the other one...


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Thanks for takin a look peeps, be lucky now:wink:

got these 2 chaps in a report too:pirate::afro: proper happy hehehe
 

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awesome report!
I still need to get to see this place at somepoint, just need to justify going that far out for it, heaven knows why this is lacking comments, but hey ho let me be the first, I really love that shots of the dressing rooms!
Okay I may be tempted to check this out more now!
Thanks for posting! :)
 

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Nice set of photographs. You have taken extra shots compared with other posts. On another post I did spot the fancy tesla looking bulbs in the cupboard and I'm thinking maybe some sort of air-conditioning unit where wind from the fans is forced upwards. But where does it go after that?
 

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First, thank you for these great images. The item in question is a mercury rectifier for converting high current AC to DC. They are quite spectacular in use, and the electrodes, dancing on the top of the mercury give off a purple light. They also get incredibly hot, hence the cooling apparatus.
 

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The arc rectifiers would probably have been used to generate DC power for the lighting systems.

Back in the early - mid 90s I use to work with a DC lighting system including carbon arc spotlights at a Theatre, crazy things, particularly if the carbon rods exploded which they did occasionally.

However seeing the old DC systems is incredibly rare.
 

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Lovely lovely stuff! Been looking forward to seeing your pics from here! Such a colourful place and captured spot on as always. Nice one!
 

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That's is a stunning and detailed report.i do love the vibrant colours of this place and it is nice to see some close up shots and parts of the building many others leave out.great stuff pv
 

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awesome report!
I still need to get to see this place at somepoint, just need to justify going that far out for it, heaven knows why this is lacking comments, but hey ho let me be the first, I really love that shots of the dressing rooms!
Okay I may be tempted to check this out more now!
Thanks for posting! :)

Thanks MB! I really think you should;)
 

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First, thank you for these great images. The item in question is a mercury rectifier for converting high current AC to DC. They are quite spectacular in use, and the electrodes, dancing on the top of the mercury give off a purple light. They also get incredibly hot, hence the cooling apparatus.

Well thanks Gosoftly for your first most useful comment...hold on that sounds like all your other comments haven't been "useful" haha, no you know what I mean, first as in not second comment.
Now you have enlightened me to what it actually is I shall have to go google it as I'm intrigued by it! Mercury and purple light I like the sound of that! Thanks again Gosoftly:encouragement:
 

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Nice set of photographs. You have taken extra shots compared with other posts. On another post I did spot the fancy tesla looking bulbs in the cupboard and I'm thinking maybe some sort of air-conditioning unit where wind from the fans is forced upwards. But where does it go after that?

Thanks HJ for that, I've seen in my other comments the name of this wonderful contraption now, so I shall be checkin it out :highly_amused:
 

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Mercury arc rectifiers look fantastic. Here's a site about them:
Electrokinetica - Mercury arcs: Introduction

Wow a link...thanks Electric:encouragement:...just clicked on ur link and omg there it is all lit up it's beautiful:biggrin-new::biggrin-new::biggrin-new: I need to have a longer look at that site but I will finish with the thanks first!

Cheers for takin the time out to answer Electric!
 

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Absolutely stunning and those mercury rectifiers, oh my sweet Jesus...

Caveman technology now with the use of diodes, but back in the day that was ground breaking stuff!

Hahaha yes thats my reaction too! I'm just glad I know what they are now! :highly_amused:
 

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The arc rectifiers would probably have been used to generate DC power for the lighting systems.

Back in the early - mid 90s I use to work with a DC lighting system including carbon arc spotlights at a Theatre, crazy things, particularly if the carbon rods exploded which they did occasionally.

However seeing the old DC systems is incredibly rare.

I've heard the odd light exploded in the past too lol, years ago a mate was unsuccessfully trying out some second hand studio lighting and explode is certainly the right word, you just gota hope that if u shit urself u don't have a heart attack at the same time:highly_amused::hopelessness:

Cheers Kreal:encouragement:
 

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