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Report - The Century Cinema/Gala Bingo - Pitsea, Essex (July 2013)

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by oakley, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. oakley

    oakley 28DL Full Member
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    Visited this place with a non-member in July last year, I had taken some photo's on my mobile phone as back then i didn't have a proper camera, never posted up a report as i deemed the photo's to not be worth it. But then it recently occurred to me that no one else on here had done it or posted any photo's and tonight i finally found them in my dropbox (thankfully as that phone has now perished).

    Excuse the poorly taken images, they aren't the best and there's not many as we definitely set off some sort of alarm (might have been a fire panel fault, who knows) so thought it was best not to stick around too long! Entered the place in complete darkness and after a little wonder i found a single switch in the reception that literally said 'Please switch on' and so i thought it was rude not to and hey presto the hall lit up! Surprised it wasn't that trashed considering the area it's in!

    Little bit of history on the place:
    Information taken from: http://www.basildon.com/history/pitsea/pbcc.html

    Photo's:

    How it looked back when it was open.

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    How it looks today pretty much (not my photo).

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    From the back of the hall.

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    From the stage.

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    Bingo!

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    Anyone for a game?

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    Kitchen area in the background.

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    A re-visit is definitely on the cards within the next month for a better report and more pictures.

    Cheers guys.
     

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  2. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Dude these pics aren't bad. Definitely worth a look again, was there anything else to explore?
    Nice report too!
     
  3. oakley

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    Cheers man, yeah there's the front lobby/reception area. And upstairs there's offices, potentially an old projector room, i can't remember plus it was pitch black up there! And apparently there's a basement but i don't recall seeing any stairs going down.
     
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    Stairs would be hidden if there were any, cupboard or something, anyways, looks like a nice site. Cheers!
     
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    I reckon Speed ought to have carpet like that at his gaff, I might just treat him :p:
     
  6. Speed

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    Thanks for posting, Worth more than 99% of other threads on here. Im guessing as its a small place theres little chance of finding much really good in there but you never know. Basement, Loft etc is where the best finds normally hide!
     
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    Great set of photos - Always breaks me heart to see Bingo Halls in that state. :(
     
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    Great set of photos, it always breaks me heart to see a good old fashioned bingo hall left so neglected. :(
     
  9. TranKmasT

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    Neglected? I'd eat my dinner off that floor.

    Give it few months though!
     
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