Thanks to Cat for taking up my lead and going and nailing this one. Its is an exceptional theater and its quite frankly ludicrous to demolish it, theres not a single sign of it being run down really! This was probably the biggest bug bare with the place for me. It was just a bit too clean and that made the explore a bit too edgy to really enjoy as much as i would have liked. Had it have been properly derleict, not full of PIRs and potential cell time i could have spent all day in there rooting around. As it turned out i managed about 2-3 hours before finding the light switches and deciding after lighting the pace up like a Christmas tree it was probably time to leave.
the theatres trust said:
The site has been used for entertainment since 1903 when the Kiralfy's Arcadia Theatre opened. In July 1912 the Palladium Picture House was opened next door, and in 1920 the Arcadia closed and was demolished to make way for the Futurist. At the same time the Palladium was renamed the Arcadia and presented live shows until 1968 when the Futurist, which had presented live shows since 1957 was expanded to include a large stage over much of the second Arcadia site. The exterior is largely clad in unattractive yellow panels, but the original decorative Italianate style faience facade largely survives behind and is visible at high level. It has a large auditorium with a deep circle supported on twelve slender columns – four down each side and four central. There is also a gallery divided into boxes. Plain walls with reeded panels that once contained murals. Plain balcony front, lyre-shaped and returned to decorative plaster pilasters at the proscenium wall for exits either side of stage. The ceiling is divided into two parts separated by a wide arch. Front portion is original with elliptical dome containing three ornamental ventilation grilles. Concealed lighting around rim. The rear ceiling is higher and plain, dating from 1968. Also in 1968 boxes were created either side of the proscenium from which the stage is completely hidden. The proscenium is plain, rectangular and functional. There is a deep wide stage with full tower and counterweight sets. The stage is above the foyer, so there are no traps, and front-of-house space is limited. The theatre was closed on 5 January 2014, and the Council is marketing the site including the Futurist and surrounding shops for redevelopment.