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Report - ABC/Carlton Cinema Portsmouth. SEPT 2010

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Olz9181, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Olz9181

    Olz9181 nelsonphotography.co.uk
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    History Supplied by Vinka at www.dirtysouth.org :thumb

    Built in 1934, as The Carlton Cinema, the building was badly damaged during a bombing raid in World War II. 4 people died in the explosion but the cinema was renovated and reopened.

    In 1982 it was again renovated and became a 3 screen cinema but, sadly, closed its door in 2007. Since then, the future of the building has been uncertain with locals frequently campaigning to stop demolition and conversion to student accommodation or flats.

    Since opening as The Carlton in the 30s, this cinema has had many aliases: The Carlton; The Classic; Essoldo; Cannon; ABC and, before closure, was known as Cineplex. The inside is reportedly in a very poor state and with no plans for refurbishment or a sympathetic conversion, there is no doubt that the end will soon be nigh for yet another example of Portsmouth’s Art Deco architecture.

    After finding the weak spot and clambering into the cinema with my fellow explorer "Robbie khan" we found ourselves with a relatively relaxed and chilled explore. We spent a good 2 hours there and had seen lots of trinkets and general filming equipment. In the top floor areas there workshops that facilitate the 3 projector rooms. Scattred films can be found across the cinema in good and poor condition.

    I would suggest to anyone visiting the cinema to don a face masks as fiberglass is visible floating in the air. (Mainly in the main cinema) Sadly the roof is a shambles and partly fallen through. The whole place has been ransacked and vandalised which is a shame. But, hey this is to be expected. Enough talk, here is the photography by myself and the legend, who is…… Mr. Robbie Khan. :Not Worth

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    One of several leaking points
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    There is a lot of heavy duty engineering type equipment in the cellar. These look like cogs, Maybe for the curtains?
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    Main cinema Stage, Torn screen
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    Front row
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    Main Cinema
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    Some comedy playing on screen? :popcorn
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    Vintage main screen. (people often say in certain pics, the screen looks like an industrial scene?
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    We left our mark, along with 3 or 4 other 28 day Urban Explorer members that had already done so.
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    Screen 2 (Much smaller)
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    Where the magic use to happen
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    Control panel for interior lighting, tannoy and curtain control. "dosnt work" :(
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    some of the hallways are for the brave only, they can be a little eery.
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    Final curtain from Olz9181 :popcorn
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    Robbie Khan to add his no doubt far superior photography, :Not Worthy:thumb
     

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  2. robbiekhan

    robbiekhan Khan't touch this.
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    Good stuff Olz it was most certainly a good explore!

    The dudes who sort of appeared outside the cinema saying "This is our place murrrrrrrrrr..." were quite weird though, they sounded like noobs as they were discussing how to get inside although god knows how they knew we were in there in the first place as we were as quiet as mice!

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    Roll on the next one! :Not Worthy
     
    #2 robbiekhan, Sep 6, 2010
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