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Report - Astoria Bingo Hall, Brighton 31/03/09

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by MOFO, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. MOFO

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    QUOTE (rookinella)
    A construction for a local consortium, the Astoria opened with 'The Private Life of Henry VIII
    It had full stage facilities and a spectacular Art Deco interior decoration scheme. An illuminated Compton 3 manual organ was installed.The stage was infrequently used for live shows up until 1958 when the theater closed for renovations which installed a vast 70mm screen in front of the old proscenium, removed the organ, and curtained the impressive auditorium.
    The balcony steppings were altered and a new projection suite constructed at (and into) the rear balcony.
    Long runs of such films as 'Earthquake' ensued and the cinema continued successfully until just after the other ABC house in town was quadrupled in 1976. The Astoria closed the following year and became a bingo casino.This lasted until approximately 1996 after which the Astoria has stood empty and unused.It has recently been bought for around 1 million pounds and is due to be restored (not known if to original design) and reopened as a live (mainly concert) venue.

    Iv been looking at doing this for around a year now but just ever got around to it intill now . so after a quick look around with rooks we found are way in but without a tripod :banghead i dint shot much and as so i come out with one good photo so after a quick call to the man who lives on candy mountain i went in again .Had a great time light painting and just siting around eating popcorn. after spending around 2hours inside right befor we left we found the light switch which was comical walking out onto a fully lit stage .

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    see link http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=493341#post493341
    #1 MOFO, Mar 31, 2009
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009

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