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Report - The New Empire Theatre (The Rivoli), Southend-on-Sea - April 2015

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by WildBoyz, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    The New Empire Theatre, located in Southend, was built on the site of a former pubic hall in 1896. The original hall which was owned by Frederick Marlow, a theatre impresario, was converted into The Empire Theatre in 1892 and it operated successfully up until Boxing Day 1895 when it was devastated by a fire. After the incident Marlow endeavoured to construct a much larger venue with electric lighting; this was to be The New Empire Theatre. Revamped, and with the latest technology at the time, the theatre became the first of its kind in Southend-on-Sea and, in 1896, at the time of its grand opening, it was considered ‘the prettiest theatre outside of London’ by local press. Appearances, though, do not assure the quality of the entertainment, therefore Marlow, who was attentive to this, aimed to provide a varied programme which contained musicals, opera, concerts and various plays, to reach out to a much wider audience. Unfortunately, however, Marlow only remained at the theatre until 1905, when it was purchased by the Southend-on-Sea Theatre Company Ltd.

    By 1919 the advent of filmography (motion pictures) brought about many changes to Southend, forcing the theatre to close its doors for a short period while it was redeveloped and enlarged into a cinema – The Rivoli. The Rivoli thrived from 1921 to 1962, especially after installing new sound equipment to heighten the experience. However, by 1962, the site was taken over by the ABC cinema chain. Under new ownership the cinema underwent refurbishment, including the addition of an underground bar, which made use of The New Empire’s old passageways. The cinema managed to operate under ABC for a further 20 years and, in 1982, even succeeded in creating a second smaller screen room at the old Rivoli Mezzanine level. By 1998, though, business had diminished considerably, and the popularity of the cinema has declined. The last film was screened in February 1998, and afterwards the venue was declared closed. The cinema was used periodically after its closure, but its doors were permanently closed in 2002 when the owners fell into financial difficulty.

    We arrived in Southend-on-Sea quite late one weekday afternoon, expecting to meet up with a fellow explorer and friend. That plan, however, failed and we ended up alone in foreign territory; there are many places that are far worse to be stranded in mind. So, despite the mishap, we set about wandering towards the nearest looking abandoned thing which turned out to be The New Empire Theatre, and within minutes of finding it we managed to find a way inside. But, unsure as to whether we should go grab a pizza and bring it back, or finish looking around and then go for the pizza, we stood in the mouldy bar for a while and eventually decided that it was in fact far too mouldy for pizza. We therefore decided crack on and grab the shots there and then; dinner would have to wait. Given that there are a spectacular number of abandoned theatres and cinemas across the UK, this one probably appears to be fairly run down, but its maze-like design keeps the whole explore quite interesting; for each time you reach a door you're unsure about what will be in the next room ahead. Moreover, it’s also possible to reach the rooftop in this explore and, although it’s just a small one, it allows you to take in the surrounding views of Southend-on-Sea from a slightly different angle.

    Explored with Ford Mayhem and Deems.

    1: The Display Board

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    2: The Underground Theatre Bar

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    3: The Bar

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    4: Moudly Equipment Box

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    5: Moudly Speakers

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    6: Dated Furniture

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    7: The Main Reception/Sales Area

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    8: Behind the Ticket Counter

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    9: Theatre/Cinema Main Doors

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    10: The First Screen Room

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    11: Dark and Gloomy

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    12: Piano

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    13: Projector Room

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    14: A New Performance - By the WildBoyz

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    15: The Mirrored Room

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    16: Entering into the Second Screen Room

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    17: The Second Screen Room

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    18: Second Screen Room (Front of Room Shot)

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    19: The Main Stage

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    20: On the Roof

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    21: Southend-on-Sea by Night

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    22: Some Sea

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    23: Leaving the Underground Passageways

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    24: External Street Shot

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  2. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    That place has seen better days!

    Nice report though :)
     
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  3. Boomstick84

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    Nice mate

    Seems the bar area has opened up, the doors were all screwed shut when we went and it was the only bit we didn't manage to see so it's good to see that.

    Liking the rootop shots too :thumb
     
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  4. mrwhite

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    could be a visit just for the stage alone
     
  5. The Wombat

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    That looks alright mate, good work :thumb
     
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    very nice, you have some cracking shots there :thumb
     
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    Looks like a fun explore.
     
  8. WildBoyz

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    Thanks for all messages everyone :thumb


    Yeah, the bar was all fully open. It's pretty moudly in there, but it was decent.
     
  9. Distra

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    Nice report, I keep meaning to do this one when im in southend but work keeps getting in the way at the moment.

    Just read in the local paper that some kids(12-13 years old) had to be rescued from the place by firemen on Thursday.
    Apparently they got to the roof and were to scared to come back down, chances are the place will get nailed up tight.
    Suppose I better get down there asap and see if its doable
     
  10. WildBoyz

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    Haha. The ladder was a bit wobbly when we went up there... Maybe it got worse? Probably get that soon very soon then, sounds like it'll get sealed tight.
     
  11. Distra

    Distra 28DL Full Member
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    Too true. When I was reading it half of me was laughing my head off while the other half was saying why haven't you checked this out you plonker
     
  12. WildBoyz

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    Haha. It's not too bad in there either. Plenty to see still.
     
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    looks like a half decent explore, nice shot of the stage and off the roof :thumb
     
  14. WildBoyz

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    Cheers :thumb
     
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    Nice report :thumb The roof shots look amazing.
     
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