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Report - Jesmond Picture House

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by IVIik, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. IVIik

    IVIik 28DL Full Member
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    Todays showing: "West Jesmond Picture House" starring Tappanga & numpty.

    First things first - A bit of history
    (cut'n'pasted from CinemaTreasures.org) - Thanks :thumb

    The Cinema is now due to be demolished following council approval for the creation of offices, a shop & a restaurant in its place. :mad:



    It was baltic and early, too early, 6.00am on a Sunday and there we were crawling into Jesmond Picture House.

    We've been wanting to do this place for a while, but the site is in a busy part of Jesmond; next to a packed student pub and a Metro station, so we had taken our time.

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    Inside, the cinema is sadly trashed and very few of the original features still remain, all of the mouldings/architrave have been removed.

    The main auditorium itself is an huge void, the ceiling has been pulled down and the is floor pretty rotten thanks to the damaged roof/pigeon doorway.
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    A few pics from where the stalls were
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    Onwards and upwards to the projection room; The star of the show.
    It didn't disappoint and was worth getting up at 6am.
    The projectors themselves all seem in half decent condition considering they have been left unused and uncared for since 1993; thankfully the pigeons hadn't encroached into here yet.

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    You'll notice in that first picture on the right of the photo is a lit up area - this was one of the cells of a reel of film we found lying around, being projected by means of a drain pipe, a spare projector lens, a 4w tesco torch, and elastic band and some gaffer tape and 1 numpty.

    The numpty handmade projector was brilliant and these photos really don't do it justice (numpty has some better ones - coming soon to a forum near you)
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    Old film reel can
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    Record Player
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    Film
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    The Mercury Arc Rectifier - the co-star of the show - is an impressive piece of equipment (and just in case some of you go, eh? see here & here
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    Tickets please
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    One of the few remaining features
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    A few internals
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    and finally a few externals

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    You can see a few more pics here


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  2. numpty

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    Re: Jesmond Picture House Report (Pic Heavy)

    as Tappanga says it was bleedin freezin, I'm putting thermals on my Christmas list for these winter explores! As I was loading up my pickup truck at 06:00 with the engine running to warm it up, the snow was gently falling, and I remember thinking, "what the hell am I doing?"

    My auditorium pics were a bit crap, so I won't even post them.

    I was quite proud of my "McGyver" projector
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    and the image was reasonably clear
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    The similarly arc-lit "magic lantern" to the left hand side of the film projectors was used to portray adverts for local businesses and forthcoming attractions. They slides that still remain obviously pre-date the closure in '93
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    Bow Wow Wow split up in '83 (yes they reformed in '97, but Tiffany's didn't exist then)
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    I tried my hand at bi-colour light painting
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    This amplifier goes up to 20! (Spinal Tap reference for those who don't know)
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    There's still some nice ephemera around too
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    A cracking explore, if cold and early, but well worth the effort
     

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