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Report - The New Empire Theatre - Southend - Essex - April 2015

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Jordanchinkbmx, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. Jordanchinkbmx

    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Intro

    So after checking out Old Regal Theatre in Colchester, we just felt like one wasn't enough, so we headed down to Southend to explore another theatre! Took us a while to find it if I'm being honest, got a little frustrated because we were go eager to get there we were more driving than actually checking if we were going the right way :p

    History

    The New Empire Theatre was built in 1896 by theatre impresario Frederick Marlow. He had owned the public hall previously on the site, and converted it to The Empire Theatre in 1892. A fire on Boxing Day 1895 destroyed the building. Marlow took it upon himself to rebuild a bigger, better theatre, with five floors and electric lighting.The theatre was the first of its kind in Southend, and was called 'the prettiest theatre outside of London by local press at its opening in 1896. Marlow presented a varied programme of musicals, operas, concert plays, variety and music hall.He remained at the theatre until 1905 when it was taken over by the Southend On SeaTheatre Company Ltd. The following fourteen years the theatre was run on a leasehold basis by various people, including Albert Machinsky, an illusionist known as "The Great Rameses", a successful magican and music hall entertainer who spent some time pursuing theatre management as a career.


    By 1919, the advent of moving pictures had brought about many changes in Southend, and the theatre closed its doors, making way for an enlarged and magnificent cinema. By 1998, the popularity of cinema as a whole had diminished, and one of many casualties in Southend was the ABC. In February 1998, it showed its last film, and the venue was once again closed. People that bought tickets for any recent shows have got a refund.


    The Explore

    Second theatre in a night this was for me and my group. After checking out another one, we decided that one wasn't enough this night and decided to come down here and check this one out, since it seemed worth it from reports & photos. This one was a breeze, took a quick stroll around the perimeter and we quickly spotted away in so that made this explore just the bit easier and more relaxed.

    Took a good old wander around, some parts of this place are actually still quite clean and nice, mainly just graffiti and vandalism that have ruined this place.


    Photo Time
    I'll put these up in order taken and they'll be some missed out since once again, a little too trigger happy :thumb

    Old Bar
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    Climbing the stairs
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    Reception area
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    Top of the stairs
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    The stage!
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    Old piano, (didnt work)
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    Up on stage!
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    Entrance to the stage
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    Hope you enjoyed :thumb
     

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  2. UrbanDuck

    UrbanDuck Authorised Trespasser
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    Good to see this again and glad it's still accessible. Nice work :thumb
     
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  3. projectionman

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    great pictures carry on the great work
     
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  4. Jordanchinkbmx

    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Cheers guys! Yeah access wasnt hard, it was just finding it :sleep
    Decent little explore this place!
     
  5. Miss Mayhem

    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    Good stuff :thumb
     
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  6. Junction_Derp

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    There's even easier access than the obvious one ;)

    Visited a few months back now. Was an interesting one but pretty rough inside. Was the door still blocked at the bar stairs???
     
  7. NPyke

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    Had a little look last night, I'm curious as to why no one has moved in yet..

    Obvious entrance is rather obvious..
     
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  8. Jordanchinkbmx

    Jordanchinkbmx "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"
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    Nope, completely clear :thumb
     
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