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Back to the ground floor. Only the cooking hood remains of the kitchen equipment.

A broken coffeemachine, empty bags of McCains Fries, an empty tin of oil, a box of a "Schnell Kocher" (water cooker). To sum it up, junk.
I walked around for a while longer to check were all staircases lead but most places I had been already. I left the same way I came in.

An overgrowing parking lot stretches out behind the building.

I got an e-mail from Edwin Wolkorte, who visited the dancing quite often.

"...We hebben heel wat tijd op deze zolder doorgebracht. We konden heel goed opschieten met de discjockey en de dames achter de bar. De zolder ging altijd als laatste open en als eerste dicht. Behalve voor ons. Wanneer iedereen weg was gingen de deuren dicht en gingen we met zijn allen nog even vrolijk verder. Op de foto's kan je de bar nog herkennen maar de rest ziet er droevig uit.

De zaal waar je binnen kwam (1e verdieping) zijn we weinig geweest. Daar werd vaak 'oude disco' gedraaid. Ik heb er 1 keer zelf gedraaid maar ik vond het geen gezellige zaal.

De grote zaal is flink veranderd. Vroeger hadden ze die 'huisjes' bij de ingang niet. Wel goede muziek. Veel house, daar zijn we dus ook veel geweest."

(We spend a lot of time on this attic. We got along well with the discjockey and the ladies behind the bar. The attic always opened last and closed first. Except for us. When everybody had left the doors were closed and we just cheerfully went on for a while. On the photo's one can recognize the bar, but the rest looks sad.

The room where you entered (first floor) we spend little time. Often they played 'old disco' here. I was DJ here once, but I didn't like the atmosphere of the hall.

The large hall has changed a lot. Those 'houses' at the entrance didn't use to be there. Good music though. Lot of house, we spend a lot of time there too.)

And another interesting e-mail from Martin Damhuis:

Ik woon vanaf 1990 in Helmond , en heb verder altijd in Oldenzaal gewoond en ben daar ook altijd wezen stappen met de vrienden. We gingen dan ook altijd naar de "Jumbo dancing" in Oldenzaal (toen de modernste discotheek).
Ik kan me de opening nog herinneren, en de opnames van "Nederland Muziekland". Volgens mij waren dat 8 weken elke vrijdagavond opnames.
Wij kwamen nogal veel in de kelder, want daar was het altijd gezellig (ik mis daar volgens mij foto`s van). Daar had ik voor het eerst afgesproken met mijn vriendin en we hebben de avond van ons leven gehad, we zijn nu inmiddels bijna 14 jaar getrouwd.
Ook heb ik daar veel grote bands zien optreden o.a: Van den berg, Golden Earring, BZN, George Baker Selection, Normaal, en zo kan ik nog wel ff doorgaan.
Ik heb bij je "Jumbo dancing" altijd veel lol gehad, en als ik dus nu die foto`s zie zoals het er nu bij staat dan snap je wel dat ik het jammer vind van zo`n gebouw.
Trouwens ik heb ook nog gewerkt bij "Leeferink gastechniek" op het terrein van gelderman (gaspotjes vullen) toen was het al een zooitje.
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(From 1990 I live in Helmond, but for the rest I have always lived in Oldenzaal and always went out there with friends. We always went to the "Jumbo dancing" in Oldenzaal (then the most modern discotheque).
I can remember its opening, and the recordings for "Nederland Muziekland"
[Netherlands Musicland, tv-program]. I think there were recordings every fridaynight for eight weeks.
We often went to the basement, it was always pleasant there (I think I'm missing photos of that). That is where I had the first date with my girlfriend, we had the night of our lives. By now we are been married for 14 years.
Also I have seen many great bands perform there, amongs others: Van den berg, Golden Earring, BZN, George Baker Selection, Normaal, and I could go on for a while longer.
I always had much fun in the "Jumbo dancing", so when I see the photos of its current state you can understand I think its a pity for the building.
By the way I also worked at "Leeferink gastechniek" on the Gelderman terrain (filling gasbottles), at that time it was already a mess.
[see abandoned:gelderman])


14-09-02

WBO (the Oldenzaal Housing Organisation) has bought the building and will transform it into their main office. They want to restore the outside back to the original state before it became a disco, so far as that is possible.

On "open monument day" in September 2002 the building was open to visitors and guided tours were given by WBO. They had already re-opened some previously walled of windows, so I got a daylight view of places I had previously only seen by flashlight.


No loneliness this time

Elderly people talking about times gone by in a room I had missed in the previous visit.

This room I have visited before (remember batman and robin?), but with windows it looks quite different.

More sunlight

The safe, never seen before.
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