Dakota remembers the Atalanta ballroom in Woking , or The Ata as it was also known. It was locally famous for its sprung dance floor, which was supposed to be one of the best in Surrey, if not the south-east, we wish we could have experienced this iconic dance-floor to show of our moves (we aren’t very good but like to think we are…) and be part of Woking’s history. Before it closed in 1974, it was a venue for shows and pop concerts. The building was originally the Sunday School and Manse of the Wesleyan Chapel. We miss this vital part of Woking’s history and thought we would commemorate other historic venues that are no longer in use around surrey.

 

Robins Cinema

robins cinema

Management and staff at Robins Cinema, London Road, were left “devastated” after an application to renew its lease was turned down in 2003. The announcement was made just three weeks after St Michael’s councillor Melanie Longden predicted the arrival of the multiplex would sound the death knell for Robins.

Manager Dale Ballentine said he had expected the cinema to remain open until the multiplex was built in mid-2004. Cllr Longden said it was a great shame that the cinema was to close and felt very sorry for the staff.

She believed the town was to lose a well-used facility and said she was concerned for the future of the building. “It’s really sad. It is another piece of Camberley’s history gone.”

She believed the closure added to the loss of Camberley’s identity and said that all towns were becoming similar.

 

The Palace in Aldershot

The Palace

Less than a year after it opened, the curtain fell for good on Aldershot’s entertainment venue, The Palace.

While the venue had attracted some big name talent, with almost sell-out gigs by Fun Lovin’ Criminals and From The Jam among the highlights, organisers failed to book enough well-known acts to encourage audiences to return to the venue.

A series of ideas, including live music Fridays, a weekly rock club and an over-30s disco, failed to excite potential punters and promoters found themselves struggling to cover the costs of staging such events. The building had been used as a nightclub for 20 years, formerly known as Cheeks and Vox, and before that it was the Picture Palace cinema.

The now listed building was one of the country’s first purpose-built cinemas when it opened in 1913.

 

Agincourt in Camberley

The Agincourt

What is believed to be the longest running rock club in the country, the Agincourt in Camberley, now a nightclub, ran every Saturday since the early 60s and played host to legends such as the Rolling Stones, Cream, The Who, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash as well as modern bands such as Funeral for a Friend, Enter Shikari and Skindred.

In the 70s a regular Rock DJ night was added playing the current huge tracks of the period. The Agincourt used to be a morgue during the Second world war. Naturally it’s haunted (by a little girl) and the ghost has been seen many times by the staff.

It was a ballroom in the early 1900s and the club owns a programme advertising how the venue is ideal to hold parties “should the maid be tired”. Other parts of the building are a Freemason’s temple which adds to the Gothic vibe.

The club has changed greatly from the early days and now features massive laser displays, foam parties and the legendary annual Halloween ball with the maddest rock club atmosphere ever.

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