ABC Tunbridge Wells

Mount Pleasant Road,
Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1PT

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rasLXR on July 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

Demolition of a derelict town centre cinema in Kent, branded as a “grot spot” is due to start this week.

The former ABC cinema in the centre of Tunbridge Wells has been derelict for nearly 14 years despite a number of demolition and redevelopment plans.

Work was due to start on Monday but work to make safe the electricity and gas supplies has delayed demolition.

A former dental surgery on the site will pulled down first, with the project due to take 12 weeks.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Chapelard, who has campaigned for the redevelopment of the site, has previously called it the town’s “number one grot spot”.

In February, the Conservative-led borough council issued a demolition notice on the owners.

From BBC News

eggplant_casserole on March 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

It was in a sad state, but still standing, when I went past it yesterday. However, it would appear the council are forcing the owners to demolish it:

ODEONesque on July 25, 2013 at 4:02 am

Ive seen the interior of this on various urban exploration sites and its a total wreck, pity.

Celeste on August 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

I went to School in England for 2 years. I had friends in Royal Tunbridge Wells and we would go to the Classic Theater together after grabbing some Lunch at The Pantilles nearby. The Classic was always packed lots of people having a good time. That is a bummer that it’s fate was the wrecking ball.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 29, 2010 at 9:47 am

A vintage photograph from the 1970’s as the Classic: