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Report - ABC Cinema, Portsmouth, June 10

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Ryno118, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Ryno118

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    This cinema is on Cosham high street and was build in 1934 as the The Carlton Cinema. It has a Art Deco design and has been renovated twice. First in WW2 after it was hit and badly damaged during an air raid in which 4 people were killed. And again in 1982 when it became a 3 screen cinema. The cinema has had many names though the years, including The Carlton; The Classic; Essoldo and Cannon and was known as Cineplex when it was closed in 2007, but it is known to most as ABC. The future is uncertain for this building.


    I went solo for this explore and had to rush it a bit, which is a shame because there are lots of interesting shots to be had. There is a massive basement, Roof access from inside the building and lots of little rooms and hatches.


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    Big main screen (not sure what number)
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    Medium size screen
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    Small screen
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    Entrance
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    Projector room
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    Ventilation fan inside an air duct in the basement
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    The place has been trashed and graffitied a bit, but is not as bad as I expected. The only untouched area might be the projector room for the big screen as access it blocked pretty well, unless there is another way in that I didn't see? This was one of my favourite explores, mostly because of the good memories I have from my childhood. Its a shame to see it like this but it brought back some good times.

    Cheers.
     

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