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Report - Astoria Bingo Hall/Cinema/Theatre, Brighton - July 2011

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by chrisr86, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. chrisr86

    chrisr86 Clumsy oaf
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    The Astoria seems to be flavour of the month on here for us in the south. This was the second destination of the day for myself, Olz9181, RobbieKhan and James. I'd scouted it some months back but had no luck. Special thanks have to go out to Weeble for providing Olz with some valuable intel regarding entry and a certain something to help us out inside! Cheers :D

    Some history from http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/Brighton/AstoriaBrighton.htm, a valuable source of information for this building:

    Typical, unmistakable art deco exterior:


    We got inside and...


    ... let there be light!


    Above the stage and curtains with all the ropes and pulleys.


    We ventured down into the depths of the cinema. So many corridors like this one, where the boiler room is located.


    We then decided to head back upstairs and go all the way to the roof, with some great (but risky!) views over Brighton for miles.




    Back down to the area of the main attraction. First of all, the seats for the diner area near the stage.


    And the screen and stage itself.


    ... With a good view from the balcony. I'd love to have seen this view in it's heyday!


    I found a christmas tree! Time for some shameless self-portraiture.


    As I was packing my things away I lived up to my reputation of being clumsy, causing harm to myself and drawing blood on every explore... by bashing my eye with my tripod and slashing my eyelid as a result. It's a bit swollen now. Way to go, Chris.

    I was glad to finally get in here; I love cinemas from the art deco era and it's good to know that it's not getting demolished. This place is definitely a must-see for anyone in the area.

    A cinema and hospital in the same day... the stuff that dreams are made of ;)

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  2. jack the urban explorer

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    Aug 17, 2015
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    Hello me and my friends have been scouting this place out for a while now but come up with nothing. [REMOVED]

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  3. Mini nut

    Mini nut My local and favourite, gone.
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    Aug 28, 2015
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    If only - this cinema has been bought by someone with a couldn`t-care-less attitude toward such things in order to pull it down and replace it with, of all things, student accommodation.
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