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Piccadilly Theatre, Manchester by Peter Bartlett ARPS EFIAP/b CPAGB BPE3*, on Flickr

Piccadilly Theatre, Manchester

Located in Piccadilly Gardens, the Piccadilly Theatre was a conversion of the former Mosley Hotel which opened on 31st July 1922 with Mable Poulton in “The Old Curiosity Shop”. Seating was provided in stalls, dress circle and upper circle levels, and the proscenium was 38 feet wide. The two semi-circular balconies curved around to meet the rather plain proscenium opening. Beneath the orchestra stalls in the basement was a 500-seat restaurant with a dance floor and a cafe. It was equipped with a Wadsworth 4 Manual organ which had 42 stops, the organ chamber was behind the screen at dress circle level. In November 1924, the basement ballroom was enlarged to twice its size, due to its popularity.

The Piccadilly Theatre was closed in the week of 2nd August 1937 with Gracie Fields in “The Show Goes On”. Gracie Fields was appearing at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool that week, and spoke to the Piccadilly Theatre audience on closing night via a telephone hook-up. The closure was sudden and said to be financially motivated along with the impact of the recent opening of the Paramount Theatre (later Odeon) and Gaumont Theatre, both huge cinemas in the city centre.

The theatre was converted into retail use, becoming a Littlewood’s department store for several decades. In recent years a McDonald’s restaurant, a branch of Boots pharmacy and a Bella Pasta restaurant operate from the ground floor of the building.
 

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Abandoned - Le Puy-en-Velay - Chemin de Stevenson-2018-12 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr

Exploring Le Puy-en-Velay in the evening. It is hard to grasp the age and sense of history at times of the buildings and alleys we wandered down.

Day 0 of 12 - Le Puy-en-Velay: Walking the Chemin de Stevenson (GR 70 Robert Louis Stevenson Trail) in the south of France.
 

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"Moose Bubblegum Bubble" by Jacob Watts by Melissa Johnson, on Flickr

Columbia College Chicago’s WAC Campus Committee launched a student and alumni competition in the spring of 2014 and Moose Bubblegum Bubble by Jacob Watts was selected as one of the winners.

It's one of my favorite things ever!
 

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