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Report - New Empire Theatre, Southend-on-sea - June 2015

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Techwreckie, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. Techwreckie

    Techwreckie 28DL Regular User
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    Was in Southend for a day at the beach but it wasn't really warm enough so checked this out instead. Looked around for the way in and found some other explorers who already knew it!

    Once we were inside we actually found some much easier access that would have saved a lot of hassle...

    Not the most interesting explore but the building is a bit of a tardis, looks quite small on the outside but there's a lot to see inside, 2 auditoria, a basement bar, backstage facilities, roof. The history below says it was originally built in 1896, then rebuilt in 1920, but from some brickwork I saw in the roof area I would say some of the 1896 construction survives.

    Photos by me and my fellow explorer, combination of smartphones and a very old compact digital, neither of us are great photographers...

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  2. Miss Mayhem

    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    Good effort :thumb
     
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    Looks interesting, no projector room or main screen shots ??
     
  4. Techwreckie

    Techwreckie 28DL Regular User
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    Nothing of interest in the projector rooms, both the screens are gone as this was used as a theatre last and I didn't have good enough lighting or a tripod to take decent photos of large rooms!
     
  5. Biilly

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    Hi, I'm new to urban exploring and considering going to this place with a few friends, how did you get into the building? thanks!
     
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    It's been sold now, they're turning it into a huge nightclub.....zzzz
     
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    It has a demolition order on it.
     
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