ABC Wakefield uncovered

posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 25, 2007 at 11:00 am

WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND — Check out the great pics and story of a journey into the long shuttered ABC Wakefield

ABC Wakefield

Pics courtesy of Phill D

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Comments (9)

Ian on December 25, 2007 at 11:40 am

Some pictures here to compare how it was :–

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ticktock11 on December 25, 2007 at 12:04 pm

Be SURE to follow the ABC Wakefield link above, and then to follow the blog link posted Dec. 20, 2007. Wonderful (if that’s the word) shots of this place as it is today.

After the last show, the doors were locked and this theatre was left almost as it was. Now, urban archaeologists are entering and exploring it. I’m not sure they are actually theater buffs; there are no shots inside the projection booth, for example, and no general shots of the lobbies and restrooms. But even so, these are great and sad shots of a sweet old place left to rot.

KenLayton on December 25, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Yes, I also would have liked to see pictures of the inside of the projection booth (box), lobby, and restrooms.

That flood must have been because there was no electricity to run the sump pumps.

irishcine on December 26, 2007 at 3:58 am

What a sad set of photos, I particularly liked the art deco seat ends. W R Glen was the house architect for the ABC chain, designing many cinemas, now mostly demolished as the survival rate of his buildings is fairly low. These include the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin, where part of the facade remains as an entry to a multi-story car park. You can see a photograph of it on the Art Deco Ireland website.

irishcine on December 26, 2007 at 4:07 am

Sorry, I should have given the web adress for Art Deco Ireland.

klebrun on December 30, 2007 at 7:40 am

Absolutely amazing shots. I photographed a local theater in my neighborhood while it was being demolished a few years back in the dead of Winter. I totally understand the dangers and the risks you took, especially in the dark. Bravo to a job well done!!!

phill on December 30, 2007 at 9:36 pm

I’m glad my pictures have recieved some very positive feedback, thanks!

@ Ken.. I’ve added a photograph of the projection room onto the article now.

@ Monical… I left a number of shots off due to them been poor quality camera flash shots, the place was pretty dangerous to navigate in the dark, Taking quality pictures wasn’t too easy. Were not theatre buffs so sadly our knowledge wasn’t as good as it could have been, but we are amateur photographers who like to try capture some of our lost building heritage, and also places were no cameras have been before. Abandoned Asylums, Railway tunnels, transport, Derelict buildings in an interesting, informative way. There some more of my stuff here if anyone wants a further look. Cheers!

KenLayton on December 31, 2007 at 12:53 am

Abandoned asylums sometimes have theaters.

ticktock11 on December 31, 2007 at 9:45 pm


Let me add my thanks for the additional shots.

I’ve never done what you do. I can only imagine the difficulties, particularly those of lighting. You have my admiration and great thanks.

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