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Report - ABC Cinema Luton - 10/02/08

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Retardo, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Retardo

    Retardo Guest
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    It's been a while since i've done a report, but every day i walk past this cinema, and last week curiosity just got the best of me. Although i have not yet been able to gain access to the main floor, and screens 2 & 3, i did managed to get some shots of the main sceening room from a higher position.

    The cinema seems pretty much completely stripped, and there are yellow signs warning you about asbestos everywhere, not the nicest place to stick around at.

    A little bit of history:

    "The 1892 seat Savoy opened on George Street (a main town centre thoroughfare) on 17 October 1938. It was designed by house architect W R Glen and immediately assummed the leading position in the ABC cinemas in town (the Empire closed two days earlier, but the Alma and Union continued for many years).

    It closed in April 1971 for tripling and emerged as a three screen complex in September 1971. There were 632 seats in Screen 1 (former circle) and 458 and 272 in screens 2 & 3 (former stalls).

    It closed when a new ten screen multiplex opened just a short walk down the street and has lain empty since, despite several plans to establish an arts centre / theatre in the building."

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    Cinema in the background.
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    After climbing up several stairs of pigeon-poo, i found an access point.
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    View of George Street.
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    Pretty much directly got confronted with yellow 'Warning, asbestos' signs.
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    The inside.
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    Construction on which i was positioned.
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    Some yellow curtain.
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    A little room in the basement with what i assume are powergenerators.
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    There was also a large tank, which i have seen before in other buildings where they were used to store water in.
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    The rest.
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