The old closed down Grand Casino Building, Southport
The former Grand Casino building became a grade 2 listed building in October 200. Originally the building was built as a car showroom in 1923. It was reconstructed by architect George E. Tonge into a luxury cinema which opened in 1938 and stayed a cinema until it closed in 1966. As a casino it continued to operate for many years, until finally relocating to a new venue on the sea front in 2013 and since then the building has sat empty. As a whole it is an unusual example of the conversion of one modern building type into another - a rare surviving example of a phenomenon that was not uncommon in its day. This photograph was taken with a circa 1959 Yashica Mat twin lens reflex camera loaded with Ilford XP7 film. The film was developed by me and then scanned in to my computer. The Yashica Mat is a 120 roll film medium format camera that takes 6x6 cm square negatives.
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