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    HISTORY:- The Playhouse opened in 1902 as the Hippodrome, was renamed the Grand Junction Theatre c.1905, and finally became the Playhouse in 1950. In 1950, it was extensively renovated and redecorated throughout when it was acquired by the James Brennan circuit (who already owned the adjacent Hippodrome). From 1955-1987 it was used by the BBC as a recording studio for radio and television. It is architecturally paired with the adjacent Hippodrome and although smaller, the design of the auditorium is very similar, with two straight balconies, the front upper balcony set well back from the one below. As with the Hippodrome the first balcony (there are six rows in the centre) returns to the sides with four rows diminishing to two. Unlike the Hippodrome, however, the upper balcony also has slips (of one row) which run along the side walls directly to the proscenium. Again, the balconies and their slips are supported by iron columns, although here, despite the fact that the rest of the plasterwork is Baroque, the capitals are all of stiff-leaf Gothic foliage with polygonal tops, and there is a Gothic frieze and cornice on the inner face of the underside of the second balcony. The ceiling is again divided by beams on the lines of the columns: each section decorated by a lozenge-shaped panel. The proscenium is framed by giant fluted Ionic demi-columns supporting a straight entablature with a trophy of arms above. The balcony fronts are decorated with large shell motifs between trophies of musical instruments. In 1988 the theatre was purchased by the Nia Centre, providing a stage for Afro-Caribbean culture (Nia is Ki-Swahili for 'purpose'). Works to convert the building to an arts centre with 900-seat theatre were supported by Manchester City Council, Arts Council England, and the Hulme and Moss Side Task Forces. However, the Centre closed in 2000. In 2012 the theatre was taken over by Fountain Gate Chapel, a church group which has cleaned and refurbished the building, restoring it for worship, conference and performance use. The Playhouse is situated in an area targeted for regeneration. The area has been substantially redeveloped in the last 20 years, and has good road links to central Manchester. It is a functionally sound and intact venue. The main risk it faces is from the deteriorating Hippodrome which is causing water ingress into the building. THE VISIT:- Recently been open again as a local hub their was some restoration and cleaning the venue being done so decided to go down and have a snoop! Walked straight in. posh seats! plasterwork behind the stage hi-hat! backstage circle ceiling up in't gods! stage atic rehearsal room into the void! backstage looking up Grand that
  2. pretty church

    tbolt and churches don't do timing!
  3. fancy a game of bowling? Picture heavy.

    love this kind of place!! brilliant

    THE HISTORY :- Egerton House is a 200-year-old Victorian building with period features and has an adjacent barn-type building used for functions, including business events. Egerton House Hotel dates from around 1860. Before becoming a hotel the building was owned by a local businessman who had made his fortune in the mills. Its grounds form part of Egerton Conservation Area. In 1979 its owners extended the hotel’s restaurant. A two-storey extension was built in 1982 adding 16 more rooms and a residential lounge to the hotel. The success of the business led to further expansion in 1996 with a smart function suite for 70 people. It closed in 2014. The Visit:- Again just going for a reece of this local landmark. Found easy access so made my entry before its sealed. Quite surprised how wrecked this place was. original front now. guest bar reception. nice oak panelling painted! (crime) kitchen behind guest bar your safe with me staff lockers ground floor area some of the rooms nature taking over! first floor landing don't run walk! nothing a vacuum cleaner wouldn't sort! quite like this 7/10
  5. Tax Returns!!!

    very good sir madam now you know what it's like to have a day off in the week when every other fookers workin! going solo!!!!!!!
  6. Letters please.

    did you not get into the main building? as a postman i was getting excited to see other post frames!!!
  7. What was a hospital.

  8. E.I.E.I.O!

    sorry maddam!
  9. E.I.E.I.O!

    thankyou kind sir
  10. Church.

    nice little church that thanks for sharing
  11. E.I.E.I.O!

    THE HISTORY:- Ormstons Farm is not a traditional farm of brick-built buildings, it is a mixture of brick built, steel trussed, steel framed and concrete block buildings that has grown up over a number of years. Mainly a pig farm but sheep where also kept It was sold for £2 million in 2015 and is now to be demolished to make way for 7 new homes. The visit:- Having Herd about this in the local rag and brought again to my attention by Fraggle again and a five minute drive went for a mooch. Had to do it in two visits as the first time i was spotted coming out the farmhouse by a nearby farmer so made a hasty retreat. Worth a visit some nice little bits. HQ! The demise of Westlife! Sheep Shearing redneck style! Shadows of a former stable. A right pig sty!
  12. Camera's and lenses?

    sometimes though i could do with sharper pictures but for the money its a great camera but for what i use it for it's ideal and robust
  13. Camera's and lenses?

    ive got a nikon 3200 and i love it. payed £250 about 3 years ago for it. they hold their price second hand around 200/250 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nikon-D3200-Digital-SLR-Camera-with-18-55mm-VR-Lens-Kit-Bag-8GB-memory-card/263575881268?hash=item3d5e58c634:g:~lkAAOSwfuBavPCe some people like cannon some people like nikon.

    HISTORY:- The Burnley Empire Theatre has a profoundly poignant history that starts in the 19th Century when it was first designed by GB Rawcliffe in 1894. Owned and managed by WC Horner, it was a theatre of high regard and continued to such following works in 1911, when the auditorium was redesigned by Bertie Crewe, well respected architect, much of whose work is no longer standing – pulled down to make way for housing, shops or other amenities, or victims of the war that destroyed so many beautiful buildings. The interior boasts ‘two slightly curved wide and deep balconies, terminating in superimposed stage boxes framed between massive Corinthian columns supporting a deep cornice. Segmental-arched proscenium, with richly decorated spandrels and heraldic cartouche. Side walls feature plaster panels, pilasters and drops. Flat, panelled ceiling with circular centre panel and central sun burner. Restrained heraldic and Greek plasterwork on balcony and box fronts’ (Theatres Trust). During its time as a theatrical venue, Charlie Chaplin, Margot Fonteyn and Gracie Fields are just a few of the names to have appeared on the now broken stage. In 1938 the building became a cinema (possibly redesigned and converted by Lewis and Co of Liverpool) and remained as such for the next 32, bringing much enjoyed new entertainment to Burnley’s citizens. In 1970, the atmosphere inside the building became one of hoping to make a bit of extra money – a sign of the times perhaps, that watching performers whether live or captured on film became less of an attraction – more costly perhaps, yet conversely, in the US, directors of the “New Hollywood”, had unrestrained creative and financial freedom to develop films. The enormous success in the 1970s of Spielberg’s Jaws spawned the concept of the modern blockbuster, and similarly the phenomenal success of the 1977 film, Star Wars, suggests that cinema was thriving in other areas of the country, perhaps those with greater affluence. However, I cannot help feeling that maybe the Empire’s owners missed a trick. Just over a couple of decades after bingo had captured the purses and wallets of Burnley, the number callers moved out and the auditorium became quiet, full only of the memories of cheering and clapping. The Visit:- For just over a year i've been wanting to get into this theatre. There was an access point high up onto the gantry above the stage with a scenery rope from it to the stage. I went up there three times but decided my life was worth more than a snapped rope so waited. reports that it's a death trap didn't put me off and once i got a whiff of a more safe access i jumped into the car and i was off!!! The old girl clocking in! refreshments under the stage from the stage. not a safe area! legs 11! decay. Circle seats Front Circle pass the popcorn! Rear circle Victorian door From the box Spotlight Wheel old stones! Rail seating (cheap seats) projector room a great place 8/10