Inside Abandoned Cinema with Historical Past – Urbex Lost Places UK

Inside Abandoned Cinema with Historical Past – Urbex Lost Places UK

August 16, 2019 27 By Cedric Fleming


Once inside this derelict cinema in Northern
England, you can still see the Art Deco style it was built with back in the 1930s. The site still has a grand main hall, lighted
with an orange tint by a single flickering bulb overhead. Following suite with the site’s closure
due to a lack of visitors, only two explorers are looking through this grand structure of
past pleasure today. The faded warning signs didn’t worry us
because we had been told the site is hugely neglected, and access is very simple to the
cinema. Externally, you can no longer see the building’s
title in large letters, which would have lit up the night back when it was open. Now the shutters are down, and the structure
is in a bad shape. We entered in the basement and moved upstairs. On the opposite side of the smashed doors
lies the entrance hall, which although barely recognisable in the dark state it is in now,
had some lovely architectural features maintained from it’s construction. One thing we liked about the building was
the fact that it was all curved, something you wouldn’t see nowadays with the plain
rectangular cinemas we go to everyday. It is said that the curve was deliberately
done so to match the road’s turn outside. Upstairs there was the decaying remains of
a small Greek restaurant. On the walls we were amazed to see old records
of artists like Bon Jovi. You would think they would’ve been stolen
but as they are vandalised, it is likely they aren’t worth much now. When the cinema opened in the 1930s, it housed
one of the first projection system of it’s kind in the UK. The type of system automatically switched
the reels of film, and also controlled the lights in the hall. Therefore it was a revelation of it’s time. An orange glow caught our eye down a twisting
hallway. Following it led us into the impressive main
cinema hall. The Art Deco design was clearly visible in
the building on the ceiling and the stage where the screen once was and many films were
viewed. It was quite a challenge to film the room
fully as one half of it is hidden in shadow as the light casts down onto one side of the
hall. ‘So… that’s the light that is on. Obviously at some point all the others were
on as well, and that one there…if you can see it…has actually exploded. There’s a big black mark. So it must have been left on for absolutely
ages.’ The downstairs of the hall boasted another
cafe, we think this would’ve been instituted during the bingo hall period of the site so
visitors could get some food over long games. It might be hard to see the true colours of
the hall and it is hard for us to show them too, however if you adjust the white balance
on a photo, you get much better results. The 1500 plus seats the cinema had hosted
had long gone, in their place was piles of wood, and random objects. At some point we think there was some hoarding
going on in the cinema as there was some really strange stuff still there. After realising pretty much all of the other
back rooms are empty, we moved upstairs again to get onto the balcony, so we can have a
much better view of the hall. The balcony was massive, and we think more
of the seats would’ve been up here than on ground level. Unlike the theatre we posted recently, there
wasn’t seats on the balcony either, just markings where they once were. In addition, we could have a closer look at
the single bulb causing the almost eerie tinge over the cinema. You may wonder how this damaged building even
has power? From our knowledge, we know that a phone company
is using the rooftop of the building for a signal mast, therefore it is possible the
power is on for that. However, like the other bulb, we can’t imagine
this one will last, and will soon explode unless shut off. We believe the building closed because of
a lack of visitors, but firstly it changed from a cinema to a bingo hall in the 1960s. However, no traces of bingo can be found throughout
the structure. The pink and yellow walls were again visible
on the photographs we took. If you want to see more pictures of this place,
check out our Instagram in the description. We don’t think the cinema is too different
now than when it was in use. If the graffiti was removed, the seats reinstated,
the structure could have a similar use to what it was built for. Once we left the room our final plan for this
exploration was to make it onto the roof. After climbing the various spiral staircases
on offer, we eventually managed it, and it was worth it for the snowy views over the
surroundings. The roof was really icy, so we had to hold
onto anything we could to avoid any slips. It was a fitting end to the opening location
of a long day ahead of us. Therefore after this, we moved onwards to
our next spot. As for the cinema, it is for sale under £100
grand, yet it would still cost extra to retain it to it’s former glory. Many drive past it every day without knowing
of the architecturally beautiful shadow right before their eyes.