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Report - Derby Hippodrome Theatre, October 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by knighthawk, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. knighthawk

    knighthawk 28DL Full Member
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    Today was day to get into Hippodrome I had tried another time but due high fence I need the ladder and as the site is centre town I need a day when the town was quite and still a sleep.But when climbing over fence I droped by tripod and I broke it so sorry for any photos with flash as I had no other option.
    Here Is History Of Building
    Opening in 1914 the Derby Hippodrome - Music Hall and Palace of Varieties, came late to the people of the town. The architects were Marshall and Tweedy of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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    Built on the corner of Green Lane and Macklin Street it was on the site of Derby's first private lunatic asylum and close to the slums of Trafalgar Street and Waterloo Street in the Little City area of the town. The more comfortable houses in Compton and Wilson Streets were set to house costumiers and theatre staff as well as offering accommodation to visiting stars.By 1959 it was all over. The management declared that the theatre was not viable and closed after the Christmas pantomime. Derby was horrified, especially after a fatal accident to an intruder, but the theatre remained idle until bought by Mecca in 1962 and refurbished as a Bingo hall.
    Bingo is still the only form of "full house" now evident in the building. Now owned by Walker's Bingo this type of entertainment has lasted longer than any other and it is a tribute to these companies that the fabric of this grade II listed building is - however tenuously - still preserved.
    Last year the building was hit my fire

    One large fence ladder and helmet ready go
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    Part roof has gone in fire
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    From top seating area
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    The stage area

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    The paint peeling off showing orignal tiles
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    Back wall main seating area
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    The main bingo area is underneath the seats of the old thearte
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    Going up
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    The office
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    The view from roof sure there is a song in there
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    Top tear seats
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    Orignal seat left root
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    The Front of the building
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    For Sale Half Building With No Roof
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  2. Speed

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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    Heres a tip. An old pallet or something makes a much more discrete ladder :p
     
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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    You made it in then mate :thumb

    Didn"t realise it was half missing when you mentioned it :D
     
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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    Well it's not got any better in there that's for sure.
     
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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    I thought it was demolished after the last fire
     
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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    i also thought it was gone, good to see it again despite its condition :(
     
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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    Doesn't look too bad, cheers for sharing :)
     
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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    Surprised too, to see this still standing. You could decorate the ladder and cone it off so everyone knows its there.
    Good report BTW :thumb
     
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  9. knighthawk

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    Re: Derby Hippodrome Theatre October 2014

    Once over high fences I took the ladder with me so if I need again get back over the fences from opposite side I could
    Would of liked not use ladder but that was safest option get in
     
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    I went here a couple moths ago, wrote a report a couple days ago also! Me and two others used the garden fence to the far left side to climb up.
     
  11. Speed

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    Your not really supposed to discuss how you got in somewhere online mate. In this case it probably doesn't matter a fuck but in future keep that sort of info private, you never know who's listening!
     
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    Understood mate,my firstpost and I was a little naïve, cheers.
     
  13. Oxygen Thief

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    Like Speed said, not a problem with this place, don't worry about it. Just a bit of friendly advice for the future.
     
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