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This abandoned Batman-themed nightclub looks fucking wild

The Thailand spot has been derelict for 20 years

  • Words: Dave Turner | Photos: Dax Ward
  • 16 March 2017

For a short time in the '90s, there was a Batman-themed nightclub operating in Pattaya, Thailand. It's completely abandoned now and American photographer Dax Ward recently visited to capture it in its decaying glory.

Described as "one of Pattaya’s hottest night-spots at the time", the club was only open for a year-and-a-half before a fire forced it to close. The fire was reportedly caused by a circuit board overload, preventing the electronically-operated doors from opening and leading the deaths of many inside, according to Ward.

Two floors of the building were apparently used as dance areas, with the higher floors used for "entertainment" purposes. Living up to the Batman theme, Batman spotlights were regularly beamed across the city to signal it was open.

Ward visited the building having read about it online and his images show walls covered in graffiti, rooms flooded with water and litter, collapsed ceilings and the Batman logo at the main entrance.

Ward is based in Bangkok and his work focuses on urban exploration, abandoned structures and street portraiture. Head to his website to check out his portfolio (including an abandoned hospital, shopping mall and movie theatre) and visit hisFacebook pageto see what he's up to.

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Digital News Editor, follow him on Twitter

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