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Anyone feel the need to be MOD?
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:14 pm by meanwood_monks
Been thinking about this for a while now.

Some of you guys/gals have been here since day 1. Cheers for all your support over this time.
Was wondering if anyone was wanting to keep an eye on things and have MOD rights here.



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PostSubject: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:41 pm

This was the last explore on a list of 3 sites during a Wakefield area road trip. The Wakefield Regal Cinema first opened in Dec 1935 and was designed by William R Glen III, the architect employed by Associated British Cinemas. This was one of his first designs and is typical Art Deco style and seated 1,594 people. The Cinema is a proscenium theatre complete with its own arch and in the beginning held stage performances by the West Yorkshire Operatic Society amongst others as well as cinema showings!
In 1962 the name changed to the Wakefield ABC and in Nov 1976 it became a three screened cinema: Screen 1 having 532 seats, screen 2 having 236 seats and screen 3 having 170 seats. The cinema later known as the cannon finally closed in 1997 a year after a large cinema complex opened its doors in Wakefield!

After making our way through the murky waters of the flooded ABC cinema we encountered strange noises such as footsteps in water, banging doors and creaking sounds and crept around the place in order to discover the cinemas delights. Here are some pics:-



The Main Foyer



Screen 1 from up in the balcony. The proscenium archway in its full glory!



Eerie on the top of the balcony!



From the central entrance up towards Screen1 projection booth.



original brass pipework!



Staircase to Screen 1 projection booth.



Screen 1 projection booth.



The view of the balcony seats from Screen 1 stage. Screen 2's seats can be seen peeping through the collapsed wall of screen 2! The back of screen 3 is on the right.



Hooks at the side of screen 1 stage.



The loft space 40ft above the proscenium. Making our way across this was fun!





From inside looking towards where screen 2 once was!



Looking up towards screen 3's side of the joint projection booth.



Screen 2 & 3's joint projection booth.



Out through a projection booth window.



Battery room.



Out in to the night!



Some night shots of the surrounding area from the roof.







I thoroughly enjoyed this explore and hope you enjoyed my pics. Thanks for looking. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:58 am

Some top shots there, loving the roof ones.
This ones still high up on my list, gunna have to try get there in the next week or so.

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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:52 pm

Nice one mate, some views i'd not seen there. There's something very special about a large empty and abandoned cinema or theatre that is so cool. Like the night shots too.
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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:29 pm

Cheers fellas, I totally agree, derelict cinemas do have something special about them. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:29 pm

Its definately worth a visit just listen out for the strange noises? Heard some really convincing footsteps which spooked a couple of us out totally! There was nobody else in there either! affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:33 pm

I forgeto to say that I really like your name on each one, tastefully done! That loft space looks a nightmare to get across. I am the sort of rubbish person who would probably get stuck half way across.
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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:09 pm

Thanks. Yeah sqwasher has a thing about heights so he had a few problems. Laughing He did manage it though!
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PostSubject: Re: Wakefield ABC Regal Cinema - July 08   Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:30 am

Some top photos there fella. They seem much more lit than the ones i've seen across UE forums before, light painted to the max. Can i ask what lamps you used.
That noose looks a bit grim, not seen it on any other reports.
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