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Report - Odeon Cinema, Portsmouth - Nov 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Seffy, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Seffy

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    Odeon Cinema, London Road, Portsmouth

    WhoDaresWins/END-PROC/Seffy

    On a little mini trip down South, the Bristol massive decided to take a trip to a cinema that had recently popped up on the radar again. This was explored back in 2009/10 by various active explorers at the time, but not much has cropped up since. It's clear, as it often is, how much water/nature has taken over since it closed, and even compared to old photos from those past trips, but was still well worth the detour in my opinion.

    Despite the many funky smells, rotting floors, squeezing through holes that probably shortened our lives and the vast amount of stagnant water, this was not bad as far as cinemas go. The first screen we came across (screen 4) was almost entirely flooded and not really worth much time. It was through this screen that we were able to gain access to the other parts, which is where the fun began. Getting from screen 1 into the two smaller screens was a right pain in the backside (literally), but we managed it after a bit of lateral thinking.

    There are 4 screens altogether, and whilst all being rather samey, they had their differences too. A substantial amount of junk had been dumped in screen 2, and it was clear that water was starting to make it's way from the flooded screen at the front into screens 3/4. At one point, I think Sainsburys planned to use the lower part of the cinema, as there was signage displaying their logos/fonts etc, but apparently they gave up!

    Cheers to OT for the heads up too.

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  2. The Wombat

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    Nice work Seffy :thumb
    looks a great place
     
  3. Telf

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    Plenty of nice stuff here m8, top job.:thumb
     
  4. Ojay

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    Good to see this section getting some love once again, these places are dwindling, but alas there is still stuff out there

    Another decent thread, nicely done fellas :thumb
     
  5. Camera Shy

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    Yep that's a belter, nice one.
     
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    Nice work, glad it worked out for you.
     
  7. raisinwing

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    You've got some really great shots there Seth! Looks like a nice explore, do love a good cinema. :thumb
     
  8. urblex

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    Great shots, thanks for posting :thumb liking the 'no escape' sign lol
     
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    Great report.

    It wouldn't be a derelict cinema without a packet of navy cut :)
     
  10. ColdNeverBotheredMeAnyway

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    Seeing reports like this makes me sort of grateful that my local cinema in Fareham closed before they could triple it and ruin a beautiful auditorium in the process. I wonder how sound proof they made them, can't imagine it would be great from the evidence in the pics. Nice to see the odd speaker is there, but I guess it will be stolen before long. I wonder if they could open just screen one as an art house type cinema, or in a dream world open it all up again and have a 70mm IMAX (rather than the lieMAX they have in Southampton.

    Ss much as I like Vue cinema in Portsmouth they don't even bother to move the screen mesh when the film is made in 2.39:1 so it makes it look like a temporary set up and someone is showing it on a wall :s anyway I am going way off topic sorry ...
     
  11. fake snowman

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    That does it for me every time Seffy. Superb!!
     
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    Love it mate, that's proper BO :thumb
     
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    Here's a shot I took inside, I found another way round the front..

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  14. fake snowman

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    That shot is mega mate :-)
     
  15. Seffy

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    Good pic that mate. Yes, there is another way in from the front, granted we didn't find it until we'd nearly done the entire place. It is a nicer way into the building, but getting to that 'point' isn't exactly discreet :D
     
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