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Bovine
September 10th, 2010, 16:47
This building is due to be demolished, to be replaced by a larger, state of the art theatre.
The building was erected in 1837 as the Hope Hall Chapel, then the Anglican church of John the Baptist from 1841 and finally became a public hall in 1853. Converted to the Hope Hall cinema in 1915, as an independent it lasted until July 1959. Surprisingly it re-opened in May 1961, showing alternative films, re-named the Everyman Cinema in December and closed for good in November 1963. The balcony was then extended to provide a stage and it became the Everyman Theatre. In 1977 the frontage was demolished and re-built, but the auditorium was left.
This was a with permission explore, as photography is normally prohibited due to copyright issues over the stage sets.

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View after closure in 1959



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The present day 1977 frontage

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Note the cinema seats and forms

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The backstage facilities!

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A dressing room

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Under the stage area

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Under stage lifts

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the foyer, showing the original cast iron columns for the U shaped balcony