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Report - Doncaster Odeon - strip out April 2008

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Movieman, May 11, 2009.

  1. Movieman

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    Following Dempsey & Dweeb's reports on this, I have just registered with 28DL, as I was involved with the strip-out at Doncaster in April last year.

    There are a few similar pics, but the place was more intact, having closed just a few days previously.

    Of particular interest is the 'Grand Master' lighting board, mentioned in the other posts. It was actually still working when I was there - we used it to light the stage.

    I'm told that behind the ugly 1960's plasterwork above the stage is the original proscenium - would be great to see it!

    Here's the pics - be gentle - it's my first post!



    The Cinemation console in Sc1 projection room. Originally this would have controlled almost every aspect of the cinema, including lighting, heating, projection, sound etc. This had been well stripped when I was there!
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    The projector in Sc3, just prior to removal. It's a Cinemeccanica Victoria 4, with vertical lamphouse.
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    Screen 3 auditorium
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    Passageway between Sc2 & 3, similar to Dweeb's, but light fittings intact & lit!
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    Art deco doors in the bar
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    And similarly, the bar windows
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    The main (sc1) auditorium, screen still intact & visible. The whole screen frame is on wires & pullies, enabling it to be 'flown' above the stage for live shows.
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    Another view of the main stage / screen. Would love to see what's behind that 60's plasterwork above the stage!
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    The original mercury-arc rectifiers still in situ. I gather these have been removed & broken by now. Pity really
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    Tells its own story really.....
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    Main auditorium (still with seats) looking from the stage. Screens 2 & 3 are behind the drop wall, under the balcony
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    The 'Grand Master' (think that's correct) lighting board, actor's left on a gantry. Was operational at the time!
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    Close-up of the lighting board
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    Notice on dressing room door....
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    That's it for now. I have more, let's see how this goes down!
     
    #1 Movieman, May 11, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: May 12, 2009

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