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Report - Durham Palladium, Durham - April 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by AuntieKnickers, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. AuntieKnickers

    AuntieKnickers inquisitive historian
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    Visited with The Stig and Skapunkmetalskater on a bleak wet Sunday and as normal it was an eventful explore lol.

    The palladium opened on 18th March 1929. It opened for both film and theatrical purposes but only operated as a cinema.It was the first cinema in Durham licenced to operate on Sundays although on Sundays they were restricted to one evening performance and the programme had to be approved by both the Chief Constable and the Bishop of Durham.

    The cinema closed in 1976 and operated as a Bingo Hall until 1982 when it became a Church. In 1986 a number of the cinemas seats were purchased for £1 a time and installed at the city theatre.

    It has now stood empty since 2004

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    We came across a room that looked like someone was living there, but from what was written on the door, someone has just set it up from items found inside the building.

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Lenston

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    Looks a good place this, nice report :thumb
     
  3. AuntieKnickers

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    thanks Lenston :)
     
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    Is this the place on claypath
     
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    Can't believe I have been living 5mins walk from this place. Think I need to explore this at some point.
     
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    lovely place, yes that room was very odd to say the least. You've captured it well :)
     
  7. AuntieKnickers

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    thanks H
     
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    Thinking about visiting this place as I live close, Is access easy? Cant think of where I'd begin getting in here
     
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    That's half the fun mate, take a look, work it out. It might not be possible of course, whether you get info or not.
     
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    Very true mate, I'm very new too this.
     
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    It's OK, don't worry about it.

    Once you've got a few reports up, just PM the last person who went in. They'll check you out, see you're legit and help you out, hopefully. Saying that, any info is only as good as the date that person went. These places can get opened and closed quickly.
     
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    Thanks mate, yeah I'd noticed there had been a lot of posts for this year of people going in there, we had visited durham baths and had a good explore and ushaw college but were confronted with security but this place looks as good as both as I live nearby be a shame too miss it before its secured. Cheers again for your help mate!
     
  13. Kickasskev

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    One good thing you could try is going with a high viz jacket and a hard hat on and just explore the outside even, people wouldn't think twice as to what you were doin than if you were in normal civy cloths moochin around the place, then you could even come back once you have found legitimate access with the appropriate clothing and masks etc if needed.

    Good Luck
     
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    how do you get in??
     
  15. AuntieKnickers

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    Hello and welcome. Erm like the rest of us you would need to research it. Access changes constantly. And I wouldn't tell you on an open forum anyway.
     
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