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Meatbag
January 29th, 2007, 20:55
The Roxy cinema first opened in 1937 and finally closed its doors in August 2005 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4201818.stm) and the area lost it’s last independent cinema, I saw many films there as a child.
The cinema has been derelict since then with the council waiting in the wings to level the place to erect their shiny new business park. It has also had the attention of the local chav community and the obligatory pikey visitors.

Access was straightforward. We entered the cinema and walked straight into screen 2 the second largest screen in the place, the chairs and screen had been removed, long auctioned off. Evidence of chav destruction is everywhere. Moving on up to the foyer with only the light from my torch i felt like an usher leading someone to their now missing seat.
The foyer like the rest of the place was littered with broken glass and other junk, so we made our way up to the bar area where mirrors once lined the various booths and know the shards just littered the floor. screen one was on this floor and like all the others the screen and seats had been removed.

Found it difficuilt focusing at times with only my maglite for illumination, getting stuff in focus was a bitch.
Across from screen one we pushed open the 'no admittance' doors and made our way up to the projection room. The projector had been removed and anything that wasn't wanted when they auctioned off the old gear was still in situ sporting it's lot number. Old metal reels, an old projector even the fire door sign was up for grabs. We also found a room containing two curious looking items that looked like huge light bulbs/valves.Also up here was a cutting room with spliced film scattered around the floor and another machine which looked as though it went straight down to the room below.
Shame to see the place in such a state, but was good to see it before they knock it down.
Here's a few pics

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/155/373642372_687e93c782.jpg

Screen 1
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/98/373633757_4044697f55.jpg

Stairway
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/373633789_34909e0ada.jpg

Bar area
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/163/373633761_2ecbbb55d3.jpg

Looking towards Screen 3
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/165/373633764_0cf298b34d.jpg

Valves?
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/373633769_2c91bf12d5.jpg

Attention
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/144/373633775_6042e72f53.jpg

Reel
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/135/373686171_a80a72f2b0.jpg

Bogs
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/126/373686187_ab2a1f19e1.jpg