• 25 Converted Cinemas and Picture Palaces

    25 Converted Cinemas and Picture Palaces

    Urban Ghosts has explored dozens of abandoned cinemas, from forgotten Art Deco and Atmospheric to Classic picture palaces. But we haven’t paid much attention to surplus cinemas that have been creatively converted for other uses. Here are 25 examples.

     
  • Holyoke’s Historic Victory Theatre (Soon-to-be Renovated!)

    Holyoke’s Historic Victory Theatre (Soon-to-be Renovated!)

    Historic theatres and movie palaces appeal to a broad range of individuals, but most have either been torn down or stand derelict. The Victory Theatre in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is one of the lucky exceptions, set to undergo a $24 million renovation that will see it reopen in 2012.

     
  • Disused Chapel Becomes Rural Fishing Lodge

    Disused Chapel Becomes Rural Fishing Lodge

    Methodist chapels were often simple and austere places, dedicated to the worship of God over the comfort of the congregation. But this Gothic example in Kingston, Devon, has been repurposed as an ultra-comfortable fishing lodge.

     
  • 6 Bizarre Buildings to Boggle the Mind

    6 Bizarre Buildings to Boggle the Mind

    American architect Julia Morgan said: “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.” Whether or not you agree with Morgan’s sentiments, her words could not have related more perfectly to these bizarre architectural specimens from far flung corners of the world. Here are six buildings that really do speak for themselves!

     
  • Innovative Power Station Conversions

    Innovative Power Station Conversions

    Despite being traditionally labelled as “eye-sores”, its amazing what a little imagination and foresight can bring to former industrial buildings. For instance, northern England’s “dark Satanic mills” have been transformed from eighteenth century hell holes to some of the most stylish and interesting renovations. And as we can see here, even derelict power stations can provide a blank canvas for twenty-first century recreation.

     
  • Oxford Malmaison: From Dingy Medieval Prison to Luxury Hotel

    Oxford Malmaison: From Dingy Medieval Prison to Luxury Hotel

    This former prison must be one of the most imaginative British hotel conversions – and certainly the first to be developed from Her Majesty’s Pleasure! Oxford Castle, now a Malmaison, was originally built as a Norman fortress in 1071, during the reign of William the Conqueror.

     
 


 
 
 

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