This place wants closing down, refurbishing, and then opening up again as the classic that it could be - but isn't!
The place obviously has problems as all the plaster has been hacked off the walls and the gaps made up by expanding foam. The staircases were running damp and warning notices were all over the place. The upstairs toilets were closed, and apparently if you want draught beer - its downstairs.
Seating - there are a few chairs chucked around - first come first served, and if you don't get a front line, then you crane your neck all night.
Downstairs there are a few rows in front of the stage - upstairs its like Alcatraz as you peer through roadside crush barriers welded into place to stop disappointed revellers chucking themselves over the top in despair.
The stage is draped in torn, soiled rags that once were curtains,and as for the supperb sound - the quality was so bad that the band actually apologised for the awful system the venue had provided.
Close for three months.
Install a heating system to deal with the condensation and slip hazards.
Refurb the toilets
Re-decorate in a style sympathetic to the venue, not sloshed over with turquoise paint
Provide some real customer ambience - even "balcony pricing" if that's the answer to providing decent standards.
Re-install a proper sound system
Then the place will be a credit to Holmfirth - until then - City Varieties in Lees please!!!
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