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      23.05.2010 22:35
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      A great place in Bournemouth.

      The Opera House is an old Opera House (funny that huh?) located in Boscome, Bournemouth, and is used for many an event. I first went there last year for a rave called Fusion. I was amazed by the Opera House, as I didn't actually know it was an old Opera House, and when I arrived, the place looked amazing. There is many floors, and the main floor was used as a dance floor, right in front of the stage, and up the stairs were more bars, a quiet seating area, and the entrance to the private VIP Boxes, one of which we hired out. These are the old side boxes that used to be sat in by the richer fans of the opera. I was impressed with the size of these boxes. There was plenty of room for about 12 people, and there was also chairs, a couple of tables and a fridge built into the wall to keep your drinks cool, and we also found it big enough to sit in should you get too hot! These bozes were also quite secure as you have to have a special key card and wrist band to gain entry. The whole place is absolutley massive, and is decorated in such a way that it looks modern, yet authentic for the time it was originally used. The carpet looked amazingly clean, and the sound travelled so well in the opera house, the music sounded great no matter where you were. The bar staff were actually quite polite, even though they were rushed off their feet, and there was a huge selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, but being a rave they were quite expensive. I am not sure of the prices of the drinks on other night and at other events the Opera House holds. The Opera House does not have its own car park, but literally around the corner is a NCP car park, which is a 3 level car park, and it can be expensive if you are only staying for a couple of hours, but if an all night event, you can get 24 hours parking for only £4! I found this great for an all night rave. The Opera House hosts many different events, as well as raves, they also hold other things like wrestling shows, plays, concerts and many other things, details of which can be found on their website. Personally I enjoyed my night at the Opera House, it was clean, looked great inside and out and I had no problems with the venue at all. If you ever get the chance to have a night out here for any event or party, I think you will really enjoy the place, especially if it is a music event, as the sound does sound brilliant, no matter where you are in the place, even though it is massive!

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      05.06.2002 01:09
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      If you love clubbing you will love the opera house! The venue itself is one of the largest in Bournemouth (perhaps only coming second in terms of size to the club elements). Popular with both locals and visitors to the town the opera house caters for all tastes. Slinky every Friday night is intended for hardcore clubbers and is popular nationwide. ‘Hot and Horney’ the student night held every Thursday and ‘Curious’ every Saturday are very similar in terms of the music they play (mainly trance in main room and chart and cheese upstairs). The only real difference between the two is the price, which is much cheaper on Thursdays and the age ranges as there are more students on a Thursday. These are both nights I attend on a regular basis and I never fail to enjoy myself. Dicky Darrs school disco held once a month is also fantastic although very cheesy. Everyone gets into the spirit of it and dresses up, which is a lot of fun believe me! The only downside to the Opera House is that there tends to be a high amount of underage clubbers and the drinks are rather pricey especially on Fri and Sat. Also the fact it is situated in Boscombe as opposed to in the centre of town is also something to consider. In my opinion there is a shortage of pre club bars in Boscombe Despite this I think the club is fantastic, especially for young clubbers and I strongly recommend anyone visiting the town to give it a try!

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        07.09.2001 22:13
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        Being more of an alternative type clubbing isn't usually my scene, but I think I've been converted! I was convinced to go on the Opera House's last Gay night a few Sundays ago. It was astounding. The music was great, (I'm assuming house - my knowledge of dance genres is almost nill) it started out a bit lighter and got heavier towards the end of the night (morning). The atmosphere in there was banging, not an ounce of bad feeling, drunken brawls or arguments (not that I saw anyway). The drinks are pricey though, although maybe thats normal for a club of it's type - £3.25 for a bottle, and the cost to get in was £9.00. The gallery is great, giving you a real sence of the shear number of people packed in. There could have been better use made of the upstairs room, as the music was fairly similar to that of the main dance floor, although I understand on other nights it varies. By 4am when they kicked us out I was knackered, my poor feet thought I had disowned them, but I didn't care I was so up from the expierence. (without a narcotic in sight).

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          21.11.2000 17:27
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          Right listen up, I may be an untrained clubber but i know my music and hard house, trance is it. So when i went to Bournemouth with three other mates for a lond weekend it was hoping for a building which could provide this type of music combined with up for it clubbers and decent environment. Basically I thought that The zoo and the cage (which i think has been changed to "Elements" - next to a bar called slam) on a Sturday is amasing. Although not the biggest of clubs the dance floor accommodated me and my moves quite adaquately. The tunes were banging from start to finish and i stopped twice for and drink and chat and rest break. The dance floor is full by about 10:30 and stays that way until 3am. wicked. The object of the night was to hear the Blade - bloodbath tune and we were not disappointed at all. We got shout outs and the build up was perfect. I would definately go back to bournemouth and go to "Elements" on a Saturday night. You cant argue with £6 to get in and drinks are resonable. I live in Gloucester and can see myself going back before new year, with great people, quality music, and brilliant atmosphere i must say we were well impressed with the situation..HIT ME HARDER... TRY IT YOU WILL LOVE IT!...

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            18.10.2000 23:28
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            I love this club so much.... I went down to bournemouth for my friends 18th and spent the whole weekend in The Opera House. SLINKY on friday is superb and the atmosphere is great but the best of the bunch was Saturday CURIOUS was pumping and what i was more consious throughout after spending most of friday in a state of unconsiousnous. The musci was great and i would definatly recomend this if u like hard house and sweat combined with glowsticks and loads of bottle's a water. GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO !!!!! I mean it!!

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            21.09.2000 19:52
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            This club is an absolute must if you are in Bournemouth for a weekend. I used to go to Bournemouth Uni and used to frequent this club regularly on a Thursday night. Mainly because it was full of Students who were up for a good laugh, amongst other things. Their biggest night is Friday night "Slinky" which regularly has top guest DJ's and the atmosphere is pretty buzzing. Definitely recommend this to anyone who's thinking of going down to Bournemouth for some late night action

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