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Report - The Elysium Theatre, Swansea July 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by dweeb, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. dweeb

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    Visited with CatV on a bit of a Wales trip...

    Not much info on this one, Cinema treasures is quite vague compared to most of the cinemas they have documented


    Been here a couple of times before but it's always been a favourite of mine, I could rummage in the piles of pigeon crap covered tat for hours. A relatively unspoilt example of a theatre/music hall which evolved into a cinema, and then the usual transition into Bingo.

    A crawl through a hatch revealed a whole section of the building I had never seen before, which was the "Swansea and District Labour Hall and Institute" which was very reminiscent to a social club. Again the interior was very unspoilt and had a beautiful wood and glass corridor separating smaller rooms, leading to a large bar area with a stage. Interestingly the frosted glass windows had been installed at some point to modernise the room, and hid the most beautiful stained glass windows, perfectly preserved behind!

    As I had been before I spent most of my time crawling through the cubbies to see what I could find, I didn't expect to happen across a third of the building which had until now remained unexplored!

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  2. Ojay

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    The social club bit is win mate, shame there are very few examples left of these nowadays
     
  3. The Wombat

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    Nice work Dweeb :thumb
    looks good that
     
  4. Oxygen Thief

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    That's amazing, wish I was there.
     
  5. Lenston

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    Heard this place was well sealed up, never listen to locals :)
     
  6. Camera Shy

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    Oooh I'd like me a bit of that. Great stuff dweeb.
     
  7. The Kwan

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    Those seats :eek: lovely stuff.
     
  8. PCWOX

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    A1 this. Looks like loads of nooks and crannies were discovered. Cool :thumb
     
  9. catbalou

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    thats rather special. nice work :)
     
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    Beautiful shots. Nice work.
     
  11. scruffyherrbert

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    Thanks for the update, nice to see the place is still standing and with roof intact. Still hoping the owner will get in touch one day and negotiate a rescue of the machines, be a shame if some of them rotted away and never made it into my care :)
     
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    Quality report as ever, bet this place was beautiful in its day :thumb
     
  13. Wevsky

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    Looks mashed to buggery but youve done well with it and there's some nice features left
     
  14. Bugsuperstar

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    Very nice mate
     
  15. darn

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    Great work :thumb I can't believe you stumbled across that on your THIRD visit as well, must have been well hidden? A blast from the past indeed... I could go through the pigeon shit letters as well, all the old stuff like that fascinates me!
     
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