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Report - Astoria - Brighton - August 2016

xexxa

A national treasure
Regular User
#1
I shall not bore with history as this place has been done to buggery already. Was a cool explore though. Found a hidden staircase behind a wall leading to some hidden rooms, no pigeons despite open roof, nice view... couldn't smell any unwashed vegans at all. A good explore in my book!

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I'm not really bothered by old industrial stuff, but I know some are.

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Marathon bars... For all you oldies hahah

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Not very Brighton at all...
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This was one of the two rooms off the hidden staircase

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More of these helpful signs elsewhere please

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I believe this was some kind of fitness club

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The auditorium

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Rather lovely peely paint

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The old bar area

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Right. Done... Bye!
 

Six

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#4
Nice! We tried this one a few years back but happened to pick the one day a massive EDL march was happening right round the corner so the place was crawling with police. :banghead
 

nibblet1

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28DL Member
#6
Hi all, just to say, if you are in an old cinema, and you find 'hidden' rooms in the splay walls just to either the side of the stage where you can see decorative grills, or above the proscenium arch with grills or tunnels under the stage with rooms nearest the audience, it's a good chance they are organ chambers. Cinemas from the 30's often had them. Also quite frequently you will find a hole in the centre of the orchestra pit........ that is where the lift was to raise the console to stage level! If you look around, you might also find a large blower turbine with a 3 phase motor and air trunk coming from it........ that is for the air feed to the organ chambers.
 

xexxa

A national treasure
Regular User
#7
Ahh thanks for that info. I'll keep an eye out for these. This one however was nowhere near the stage
 

nibblet1

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28DL Member
#8
Just for everyone's info, I actually own a complete Compton theatre organ...and it plays wonderfully.... If anyone finds their way to the chambers over the Prosc arch at the Forum Southampton I am missing some bits!! 'Nuff said!!! I love seeing what you guys do as I did it in the 60's/70's, no damage, just record everything! Any organ chambers or remaining parts pix would be great to see! many thanks to you all.
 

xexxa

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Regular User
#11
Pretty well sealed now. I'm sure there must be other ways in, but they are not for me. Hahah
 

bodyhater

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#12
/ the amount of asbestos fibres you were exposed to,cannot be counted, ive been there, but full face masked and the aib panels we found under floor on main room where chairs were and the bingo machines, he flock that covered all ceiling and the walls for acoustic reasons(back then) i cannot evenremember how much weve found and removed, skips per day over two months this year. so guys be careful when you do these things, and adventure in unknown old places,.
 

xexxa

A national treasure
Regular User
#13
/ the amount of asbestos fibres you were exposed to,cannot be counted, ive been there, but full face masked and the aib panels we found under floor on main room where chairs were and the bingo machines, he flock that covered all ceiling and the walls for acoustic reasons(back then) i cannot evenremember how much weve found and removed, skips per day over two months this year. so guys be careful when you do these things, and adventure in unknown old places,.

Second time I went I was masked lol. I don’t think it was too bad actually. I didn’t come across much really. Nothing that looked particularly dodgy but I was aware there would be quite a bit in there lol
 

xexxa

A national treasure
Regular User
#15
Yeah. Went past and saw the theatre walls from the road. Sad. Probably going to be replaced with an artisan free trade self harm awareness cafe
 

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