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Report - The Grand Casino, Southport - February 2018



GRONK

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Regular User
#1
The Visit
Visited with @ChooChooM8ty in search of a UFO. Very soon after arriving we realised we'd come well unprepared for the amount of lighting we needed, as a result I've got few decent photos of the main bingo hall. But other than that this was a decent little explore. We spent a good 4-5 hours in the building with a quick dash to the car to top up the parking. Besides a few leaks the building is in good condition with a lot of the original plasterwork still in place, The bingo hall seems like it hasn't been touched since it closed nearly 19 years ago.

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History
This Grade II listed building was originally constructed in 1923 as a garage and car showroom, the building was converted into a cinema around 1938 by architect George E. Tonge. The Grand Cinema opened for business on 14th November 1938 with Arthur Tracy in "Follow Your Star". The cinema was designed for and operated by an independent operator throughout its cinematic life.

Seating was provided in a stadium plan with a sloping floor at the front (known as the Pit stalls and stepped floor at the rear which was known as the Royal stalls and Grand stalls. An unusual feature was the provision of a balconette which was attached to each sidewall. Seating was provised in pairs all along towards the proscenium. There were decorative grilles each side of the proscenium opening which contained the organ pipes of the Compton organ which had an illuminated console on a lift, in the centre of the orchestra pit. The organ was opened by Herbert A. Dowson. In the ceiling was a large shallow dome which had a central Art Deco style light fixture. There was a cafe provided for patrons.

The Grand Cinema closed on 2nd July 1966 with Sean Connery in "Thunderball" and Peter Cushing in "Hound of the Baskervilles". It was converted into an independent bingo club, and the Compton organ was played to bingo players at the interval during the first few years. The bingo hall was last operated by Gala Bing who closed the venue on 2nd June 1999. The casino located on the 1st floor continued to operate for may years, until finally relocating to a new venue on the sea front in 2013. Since then the building has sat empty and forgotten.

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Cheers for looking.
 
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Joey Miller

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#3
hello i'm really eager to explore this place but I live 53 miles away haha, anyway soon i plan to get the train here and was just wondering if anyone can tell me how to gain access or would like to come with me and show me? i'm 16
 

Exxperious

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#8
hello i'm really eager to explore this place but I live 53 miles away haha, anyway soon i plan to get the train here and was just wondering if anyone can tell me how to gain access or would like to come with me and show me? i'm 16
I live 213 miles from it, you've just got to try your luck and hope for the best. Sometimes you'll be lucky sometimes not, it the name of the game. Also, people won't give out access details on something publicly accessible. I personally advice doing more local stuff to find your limits. I spent 2 years exploring things withing a 20 mile radius of home. The derps weren't great in the scheme of things but it taught me a lot. Also pretty sure the guy who drives the tour bus left a door open the other day :thumb
 

Joey Miller

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#9
I live 213 miles from it, you've just got to try your luck and hope for the best. Sometimes you'll be lucky sometimes not, it the name of the game. Also, people won't give out access details on something publicly accessible. I personally advice doing more local stuff to find your limits. I spent 2 years exploring things withing a 20 mile radius of home. The derps weren't great in the scheme of things but it taught me a lot. Also pretty sure the guy who drives the tour bus left a door open the other day :thumb
Youre right also i did manage to get in the other weekend but yeah it is the luck of the draw ;)
 

DannyK

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28DL Member
#11
I tried to get in the other day after seeing a few videos on YouTube, every way I tried to get in was boarded up or locked
 

Choo Choo m8ty

Mr Reality Hacker
Regular User
#14
Bloody pain in the ass lighting this place up. Was fun in here. Nice report matey and pics turned out ok considering we had way to little light.
 

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