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    Ok, I know photos from inside here caused a bit of a scrap before, but I'm posting mine anyway. Looks like some kind of work is being done to the place, and I wanted to see it before it's too late. Help from someone got me in - nothing was damaged or broken. The building is no more easily accessible than it was before we entered.

    So anyway... after five or six years of wanting to get in here, me and Frank finally made the effort, and on our second attempt got in. By now I think I'm one of the few people in the city that hasn't been in there. I know friends and former workmates who have been there, even my girlfriend's brother made it in there a couple of years ago.

    So it was good to finally walk up the stairs and into the main auditorium. I wasn't disappointed either - although tatty, it's quite intact. Projector rooms are pretty much stripped out, but there are interesting features here and there. Typically the Art Deco styling continues inside, with staircases reminding me of places like Littlebrook B and Battersea (although obviously more ornate).

    In the foyer was a popcorn machine with popcorn still in it, and downstairs the remains of a snack bar. So all in all a good explore, and it was well worth missing 3 of my usual 7 hours sleep before work!! Pictures are a little grainy, as it all had to be done with a rapidly fading searchblaster, but they give a pretty good idea of what's left.

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    Great pics, bringing back many great memories;

    attending the UK premier of Superman 2 and coming out the cinema drunk late on a Friday night thinking we all could fly.

    Being turned away due to a full house three times after queing up to see Fatal Attraction (you couldn't pre book in those days!).

    The final film I went to see there was Jurrasic Park.

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    Snappel.
    I do appreciate the fact that you'd want to take photos of the interior before it changes, but the ironic part

    is the building is Listed because of the interior, so it will stay anyway.
    Assuming it survives in good condition.

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    Really great pic,s, hasn't changed

    much inside. Did anyone ever get into
    the Futurist, apart from those who set fire to it

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    Philip - that's interesting, I didn't know that. The last I heard were the plans to convert the building into a 'sports bar complex' by some footballer. How would this incorporate the existing interior? I appreciate your concerns for the place, and I assure you that the builders have gone to some effort to secure ways in. Access isn't freely available as far as I know, I'll say that much.

    I'm yet to see any recent photos of the Futurist. I had a look round the outsides but there's no way in that I can see, although I'm not that bothered if it's had substantial fire damage. A big shame, that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    Philip - that's interesting, I didn't know that. The last I heard were the plans to convert the building into a 'sports bar complex' by some footballer. How would this incorporate the existing interior? I appreciate your concerns for the place, and I assure you that the builders have gone to some effort to secure ways in. Access isn't freely available as far as I know, I'll say that much.

    I'm yet to see any recent photos of the Futurist. I had a look round the outsides but there's no way in that I can see, although I'm not that bothered if it's had substantial fire damage. A big shame, that...
    That proposal wasn't allowed because they wanted to insert windows which was considered too much of an alteration.
    (Although, in my opinion, I wouldn't mind a couple of windows if it meant that the building was used again).
    If the building is to be converted into any sort of venue, presumably it would be 'de-tripled' and the floor levelled (or stepped down in sections).
    As far as the main auditorium is concerned it's the side walls, stage area and ceiling that are the most critical.
    Kitchens, toilets, etc could be constructed in the rear stalls.

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