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Report - Mr Smith's, Warrington-March 2015

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Canadrummergetsome, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Canadrummergetsome

    Canadrummergetsome 28DL Full Member
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    I've been in two minds about posting this report, considering smiths came to an unfortunate end.:mad::banghead

    I haven't seen many posts on the place before it was burnt down, so I figured I'd show everyone the state the place was in the weeks before it was burnt down.

    It was a spur of the moment trip. We were around Warrington town centre anyway, and we decided to head over. Every man and his dog had been in the place by the time I got to visit. We didn't say long and I didn't have time to get into the theatre, so no pictures of the projector room unfortunately.
    Also, didn't really manage to take the nicest of pictures, considering it was an in-out job and the flash off my camera could definitely been seen from outside in certain parts of the building.

    Absolute shame some lil pricks had to burn the place down. Had a lot of history behind it and was definitely an iconic building. I'll put money on flats being built on there now. :wanker

    Bitta history;

    In July 2014 plans were submitted to Warrington Borough Council by LPC Living Ltd, Salford Quays-based owners of the venue. The borough council says it cannot oppose demolition because the building is not listed or protected by law. The council now has until 11 August 2014 to approve how work to knock down the building should be carried out.
    The venue has been a landmark in the town centre for decades. The building opened in August 1937 as a 1,928 seat cinema and the first film starred Robert Armstrong Without Orders and Chester Morris "I promise to pay."

    Before it was renamed Mr Smiths for the second time in its history, it was known as Halo nightclub. This used to be the ABC cinema, or the Ritz. Famous visitors include world-famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, who visited in 1952, not to entertain, but to promote performances in Southport and Liverpool. Local entertainer George Formby, who once resided in Stockton Heath, did perform at the venue. The club was previously known as Synergy, and before that Mr Smiths for the first time.

    Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachen presented the Granada TV music and dance show, The Hitman and Her, from here in the 1980s. In the time between Mr Smiths and the opening as Synergy in March 2008, it was opened for one night a week, usually for school discos. It became Halo in November 2009, but closed in 2010. It reopened once more as Mr Smiths on 1 October 2011 after it was bought at auction in London earlier in 2011.
    (http://www.mywarrington.me.uk/)

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  2. Lavino

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    That's a decent report you got there loving the mirror ball shot:gay
     
  3. Canadrummergetsome

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    ;)
    Thanks, matey. It'll do until I can get out and about!
    Thought you'd like the mirror ball. Just your style ;):gay
     
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    Ahh thanks :coat
     
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    Only pulling ya leg, Lavino ;)
     
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    Cracking report :thumb especially as there was zero light in all the rooms exept the old Ritz cafe, it was in similar condition when we went in or around October last year.
     
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    Thanks, mate! Yeah, it was literally walking into pure darkness in that place. Shame about the red seats. They weren't like that when I went in a couple of weeks before this report with no camera. Some lil pricks decided to trash the place further. :wanker:banghead
     
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    Nice report. I wish I'd been able to visit before it was demo'd
     
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    Thanks, matey. Was a good explore. But surreal seeing the empty space now.
     
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    Nicely shot considering the zero light inside :thumb I don"t think i"ve even looked at my pics from last year from here yet.

    I"d increase the gap between the pics personally, a bit of separation helps the eyes isolate the image better.
     
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    Thank you very much :D
    And all sorted, hope that's better :thumb
     
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    Do you think it looks better ? Deffo" isolated now, but maybe a touch too much lol
     
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    Cool stuff,
    Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Some really good pictures there mate, impressed by the size of that Disco Ball, just a shame the place came to an unfortunate end.
     
  15. Canadrummergetsome

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    Thank you! :D

    Thank you! Yeah, massive shame. Was such an iconic building. :banghead
     
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