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Report - The Forum Cinema (aka. ABC / Cannon) - Liverpool - March 2016

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Speed, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    I have been targeting an explore of this cinema since i originally started looking for them in early 2009. In fact it's fair to say it's been near the top of my list of 'wants' for most of that time too so im delighted to have finally managed to tick it off. Like many cinemas the building has always been quite tight but it was originally explored by Snappel and friends in 2007. In his report little had changed since closure with the building retaining its 'tripled' layout with modern screens in the stalls. It looked epic back then and was largely untouched since closure, it even had popcorn left in the machine! After those guys got in a number of years passed and i didn't really see much more of inside. Rumors floated around that the building had been stripped out and when we did eventually see another report earlier this year from @Gone he also described it as pretty empty..

    These rumors had put my expectations down quite a bit, i knew the auditorium remained relatively untouched but i was expecting it to be devoid of anything much more than that, a one room wonder if you like. Oh how wrong i was! (i should know better!) The place is still brimming with interesting bits. Theres the obvious niceties but every part from loft space to basement contained items of interest. We ended up spending 3 or 4 hours inside and even then our hangover eventually forced us to leave without all the desired photos taken and cubby holes raked. ​

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    Auditorium - This really is stunning, one of the best ever infact! I'm not really happy with my photos, i should have taken the time to adjust the site lights to get more light on the ceiling but was keen to get round the whole place and didn't even manage that in the end so i guess i will have to go back again. The circle has had some water damage that has been cleaned up but you would hardly know the thing was once two screens, great condition!
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    Projection Rooms etc. - There was a replacement projection booth at the rear of the circle that still contained a fair few interesting bits. We also headed up to the original booth and although there wasn't too much left it was still quite an interesting mooch around a right warren of a building. We eventually popped out into the loft which was 'can rich' to say the least!
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    Front of House - The Foyer and Circle bar areas have been modified slightly over the years with the addition of partitioned offices and kitchen areas but overall it's quite intact. That popcorn is still there too! The walls are covered in a kind of 'speckled' paint effect and on the ceilings this includes some kind of glitter making it sparkle
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    Backstage - The last bit we checked was the backstage areas, this part appeared to have been essentially abandoned for many years before the 1998 closure as it would have been hidden behind the alterations for the second screen. The most interesting find was the remains of the lift and equipment rooms for original Compton organ system but there was also a boiler room, fan room, central vacuum system and a number of dated bathrooms and store areas that had been unused for years ​

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    My original list of cinemas is getting a bit thin now but i will take time to mention one other that is currently in dire need of some explorer attention. The Futurist is just across the road from the Forum and it looks like demolitions is imminent with asbestos removal guys working in the same row of buildings preparing them all for demolition. Please dont let that one get away as there is next to no pictures or information on the inside to be found old or current. Consider it a challenge!
     

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  2. mattdonut

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    The lift is a good find
     
  3. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    Gorgeous photo lovely xxx
     
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    Nice, doesn't look very belled up does it :D

    I'm not sure the auditorium is as nice as Hulme hippodrome, although it's certainly better than most that remain standing
     
  5. Speed

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    God knows whats up with the alarm, couldnt work it out.
     
  6. AndyK

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    This one is beautiful! Can see why this was at the top of the list.
     
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    Nice work Speed. Some real nice things there.
     
  8. The_Raw

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    Bit jealous of this one, looks epic in there
     
  9. Techwreckie

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    Lovely photos, cool to see the organ lift!
     
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    The Auditorium is bloody gorgeous, cheers for posting it up.
     
  11. BrainL

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    Nice report mate, I have very fond memories of this place as a kid, saw my first ever film in here!

    I did try the Futurist a few months ago, managed to get into the building but only onto the ground floor in what looked to be an old arcade judging by the rows of plugs on the walls.. couldn't for the life of us find any way up to the first floor and auditorium so presume access to that area is via the building next door which was well sealed at the time. Hopefully try again soon though and maybe have a bit more luck
     
  12. SpiderMonkey

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    I've read this report so many times now.. That auditorium :Not Worthy
     
  13. ledgehammer

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    nicely done, to be fair other reports didn't look as decent - will add to the list...
     
  14. Speed

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    Sounds like you were in next door tbh

     
  15. BrainL

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    We thought that at first so poked a little plastic fork out of the wooden boards to see were we actually were when we looked at the front and it was the right building. I do recall there was an arcade there years back so maybe that was isolated from the theatre building sometime after it closed
     
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