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Report - Kingston Regal Cinema / Gala Bingo, London - October 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by The_Raw, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    This Grade II listed building operated as a cinema from 1932 until 1976, and a Gala bingo hall from 1991 until 2010 since when it has been abandoned. All the seats are gone and the entire ground floor has been reduced to rubble for works which seem to have been discontinued. However you still get a sense of grandeur inside and one of the old spot lights has been left behind. I only really photographed the auditorium and the projection room but there are heaps more little rooms and corridors to explore. Visited with Sentinel & Extreme Ironing, who didn't scare the shit out of me by shouting from the stage with a worker's torch when I was in the projection room. Pretty cool place that was way better than any of us were expecting and a relaxed wander about :)

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    Projection Room
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    Old seating area lit up with worker's lights which Sentinel found the switch for :)
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    We found a box of these old chemical fire extinguisher charges downstairs....
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    Rubble on the ground floor...
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    What’s left of the original entrance
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. Monkey

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    Nice one :thumb Like the orange glow from the projector room.

    Do you know what's happening to it now? Is it just being demolished?
     
  3. Speed

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    Its not a projector its a spot lamp. :)
     
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    Not sure mate, they're meant to be developing it into something or other, it's listed so I don't think it will be completely demolished
    Meh, you've spoilt it for me now :( Oh well it's a pretty cool spot light :)
     
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    Nice ones mate :thumb

    Well worth a mooch :)
     
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    Nice one, looks good :thumb
     
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    I think it's technical term is a light follower......I may be wrong,
    Good to see this is accesable again
     
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    Nice! :thumb

    Some beautiful colours going on in there.
     
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    There are some boards around the building advertising the developer and their plan. Their website is here - http://www.cnmestates.com/kingstonregal

    Like I mentioned on Facebook yesterday there's some good bits to see in the back stage areas to the left and right, I think those areas were more or less left as they were when it was converted to bingo usage. The roof is nice too, a few spaces up there that you can't access from within the building.
     
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    Very good, might be worth a trip. :thumb
     
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    Shame it's quite stripped but still looks decent inside, nice one mate :)
     
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    I was just going to post the same myself. It's the remains of one of these.

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    Great report and photos. :-)
     
  13. Speed

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    Ha i have that catalogue
     
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    How did you manage to get in?
     
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    Still accessible, go down and take a look, post a report and share the love.
     
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