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Report - The Rivoli Picture House, Isle of Wight - February 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by b3n, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. b3n

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    History

    The 'Old Fellows Hall' a concert venue and meeting room was constructed in 1885. After 35 years of use and with the recent popularity of film the venue was converted in 1921 into a cinema showing silent moves of the period.

    Renovations were extensive and included a new facade in the art deco style and many interior alterations which remain in place to this day.

    The new cinema, with a capacity of 700 was named 'The Rivoli'. In the late 1920's the equipment was updated to show 'talkies' and continued in operation until the 1950's when the venue became a bingo hall. In the 1990's the building was used as a costume workshop for theatrical productions and closed in 2012.

    Despite public appeals planning permission has been granted for complete demolition and the site is currently on the market.

    The Explore

    This was a solo explore. Access wasn't the easiest, but a bit of rooftop scrambling led to a way in.. When the building was converted to be used as a costume workshop much of the cinema's features were removed. A mezzanine floor was constructed splitting the auditorium and screen area but still, artifacts from the buildings various uses remain.

    The Pictures

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    The upper mezzanine looking from the screen towards the projection room (window at the back)

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    Original sign showing 1920's film poster

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    Art deco doorway

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    Ground floor looking towards the screen

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    Sign from later use as a costume workshop

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    The stairway

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    Pictures from Victorian period showing the 'Old Fellows Hall'

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Nice one. Im sure there was another little cinema in the island like this that was demo'd a few years back. Remember seeing pictures of tons of epic stuff sitting in the rubble. The name escapes me tho.
     
  3. b3n

    b3n onehundredandthirtythree
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    Hmm that could have been the one in Shanklin, Playhouse maybe? it was derelict for years before it got demoed probably 9 or 10 years ago. For a while it was used to store new mattresses for a nearby hotel... So much fun backfliping off the balcony onto those! There was one in Lake also but that was converted not demolished.
     
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    Yeh Shanklin that's the one!
     
  5. BrainL

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    Nice find, some good shots there :)
     
  6. UrbexCamo

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    Nice report man! some nice original stuff left in there, which is nice :)
     
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    Nice report chap. Great little place this, pity its going.
     
  8. mockney reject

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    Thats pretty special. One of the most complete I've seen
     
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