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Inside abandoned Odeon cinema trapped in time – URBEX England

January 19, 2020


After trying for many years to access this
abandoned cinema, we finally succeeded in Summer 2019. It’s the most complete structure of it’s
kind we have seen, but it still stands today in a deteriorated condition. Join us as we enter the pitch black premises
to discover what remains. A rich history comes from the building in
question today. It dates back to the late 1920s, when it opened
as as a theatre with capacity for more than 2,500 visitors. It changed owners multiple times in the years. During this span a ballroom was built in the
lower parts of the building. Eventually, this space became a night club
which is still operational today under a different name. The rest of the cinema is out of use, suffering
after so many years of neglect, as we were about to find out. Immediately inside the front section of the
property, visible signs of construction were noticeable, with each room resembling a shell. This was the smaller screen of two that the
cinema had to offer. Nowadays, a two screened building of this
nature would never open, and construction of a newer multi-screened cinema was actually
the reason for this one’s closure. After the new and more effective cinema opened
to the public, the classic structure we are looking through began to lose admissions,
and inevitably closed in the early 1990s. Plans had even been made to convert the two
screens into five, but these ideas never became reality. We quickly found out that the historic site
was battling excessive vandalism too. One part of the building had been blackened
by the ash of a fire. After closure, everything valuable was removed
from the cinema in the likes of projectors, sound equipment and screens. It is now owned by the operators of the nightclub
below. With the desire to see this room for a long
time, it was just as impressive as we had hoped. All the seats remained in decent condition
considering the threat of water damage. The massive auditorium functioned right above
the nightclub, therefore implemented into both work places were strict monitors that
would detect the noise levels of each with an alarm. If you were watching a tense film, you wouldn’t
want to hear the sounds of bass vibrating through your seat. Somewhere above the mouldy false ceiling lies
the original architecture that has been lost to modernisation. It contains the dome we found earlier in the
exploration, which was a pale blue. In the footage of the dome we captured, you
can make out the fading colours through the dusty air. It’s a pity that the property is more than likely
past saving. The position it has in the city it’s located
in means it can hardly be demolished any time soon, so for now it will sit patiently awaiting
it’s fate. We find our way onto the stage which wasn’t
original. It was built using concrete during the 60s
after the building was bought by a new owner. We reckon this is when the cinema transformation
happened. We could’ve spent hours looking through
the paperwork that remained in the structure, but we had no time. After we concluded our exploration, we headed
back outside. Only a couple days later, our access point
was bricked up with cinderblock, and the small amount of air and sunlight that had been creeping
into the cinema for the last few days was denied. The building is once again silent, with nobody
allowed in for years to come. Here are some of our shots from the ageing
cinema. If you like the look of them, check out our
Instagram page where you can find images of the places we visit months before we post
them to YouTube. Also, we are organising some prints that will
be sold soon, so be on the lookout for that. In one of our biggest explorations to date,
we cover possibly the most complete mining colliery remaining in Europe. The integrating history, machinery and architecture
was so interesting that we spent two full days on site looking through everything we
could. Thanks for watching our latest video. Welcome to 2020 too, where we have many exciting
plans for videos, trips and other stuff. Hope you liked the video, see you next time!

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16 Comments

  • Reply kalesa weatherby January 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    luv your vids

  • Reply Exploring an motocross Yorkshire January 17, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Nice one mate

  • Reply Sean Burns January 17, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    There's one like this in Birmingham

  • Reply Rodrigo January 17, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    great vid guys

  • Reply leave footprints take photos urban exploring January 17, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Great video

  • Reply Aaron Morris January 17, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Very nice chaps.

  • Reply SJaddy January 17, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    I went there and saw Back To The Future Part 2 in the small cinema. And Back To The Future In the big cinema…..One of My favourite memorys is hearing the audience shout "Ghostbusters!" When the titles of Ghostbusters and the theme tune came on after the library ghost at the beggining of the film……..At one point Ghostbusters 2 and Back To The Future 2 was on at the same time…If it was now that both films where on (I was only 10 at the time)I would never have left : )….. I can't believe this as been uploaded I only just turned My PS4 on….Thank You for the upload : ) .

  • Reply Stephen Ablett January 17, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Great video thanks for sharing can’t wait for the next one

  • Reply Kevin Shepherd January 17, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Many thanks. Fantastic videos good commentary and I like the history of a building that you show with pictures of it's 'hey day'/

  • Reply Wendy McFadyen-Allerby January 17, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Well done with this explore, this place would have been busy once now in a sorry old state. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Jane January 17, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks guys for showing us this , Another well put together video . As always stay safe and I look forward to what you will bring us this year 😊👍

  • Reply The Excursionists January 17, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Love the style on this one guys. Glad it was eventually doable

  • Reply Mark Murphy January 17, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Amazing place thank you guys, glad you managed to get in this picture house and document the sad decay this once fine cinema another excellent explore and well filmed thx lads a big thumbs up from me 👍🏻

  • Reply Keith Hambidge January 17, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Fascinating place I’m intrigued by the plastic sheeting around parts of the interior do you think it’s there to protect the nightclub from water ingress

  • Reply me nkat January 18, 2020 at 1:02 am

    That one was in sad shape, would love to have a few of the wooden seats!

  • Reply Coco Jo January 18, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Love your videos, thank you. 👍👍👍👍👍

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