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Report - Royalty cinema - Birmingham - april 2015

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by merryprankster, May 12, 2015.

  1. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    Lovely art deco cinema tucked away in sunny south brum, this was the second time i tried this place, first time was a fail but its not too far from me so it was only a matter of time until it happened. pain in the bum of a place to light up, light comes tearing through the few windows that are in this place and makes for very uneven lighting, should really learn to layer different exposures but hey ho.

    bit of history

    The Royalty Cinema was opened on 20th October 1930 with Maurice Chevalier in "The Love Parade". It was built for and operated by the local independent Selly Oak Pictures Ltd.

    The Royalty Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in March 1935. ABC closed the cinema on 2nd November 1963 with Cliff Robertson in "P.T.109". It was converted into a Mecca Bingo Club, and in 2010 it is operating as a Gala Bingo Club.

    In the summer of 2011, the Royalty Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage.
    n 2012 police raided the cinema and discovered that the attic was being used as a cannabis factory. 40 plants were found, together with 10-15 kilos of dried cannabis leaves.

    the royalty has been empty since the raid.

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    thanks for looking, have fun and stay safe kids.
     

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  2. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one Oakleyframer you got some lovely pics there :thumb
     
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    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Looks pretty cool this mate :thumb
     
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    I still need to go here, Bloody love cinemas. great shots
     
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    Nice one mate, I need to get this in before it is too late. :D

    I like the last picture.
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Short & sweet eh mate :thumb

    And still wearing them bloody noisey boots i see lol

    Yeah it"s a pig with the light through those side windows :( Not much seems to have changed since last year when i went except people slip the Car Wash man a few £ to get in it seems ;)
     
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  7. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    Yeah I pretty much live in those noisy boots acid! Need some Summer exploring boots I think, maybe with less fur! Thanks for the good vibes people
     
  8. Uncle smurf

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    Cool driven past this place a few times would lov to give it a go any would lov to go with some one who has been before
     
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  9. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    dont ask for access details publicly dude
     
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    Cheers although I asked for tips that's all but noted
     
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    This place looks fab! Great pics :thumb! Impressed there's an intact stained glass window and the organ's still there! (Both would probably be long gone if in my neck of the woods... )
     
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    Great photos, I especially love the first one.
     
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    Great photos!
    I've been past this place and was always curious what it was like inside :thumb
     
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