MAP08: The Theatre (The Abyss)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP08. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP08.
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MAP08: The Theatre is the seventh level of The Abyss. It was designed by J.M.P van Waveren (MrElusive), and resembles a school cafetorium. This level also features a deceptively simple stair puzzle.

A humorous setup is employed with the use of monsters, with the implication that the player is interrupting a play.

"The schoolboy's nightmare."
― ABYSS.TXT [source]


Map of The Theatre
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. At the back end of the theater, open the northeast door, then open the skull wall to the right. On the stage, a skull switch is nearby, which will lower one of the bars leading to an energy cell pack and a plasma gun. (sector 73)
  2. In the blue key courtyard, step onto the bleachers at the south end and open the wall for an invulnerability. (sector 127)
  3. In the blue key courtyard, step onto the bleachers at the north end and open the wall for a green armor. (sector 131)
  4. From Secret #1, return to the wood hall and into the room with the chaingunner cages. Press on the wall in the northwest with scratches on it to get a soul sphere. (sector 228)


Areas / screenshots[edit]


Routes and tricks[edit]

Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 0:41.60 Andrey Boldt (Hitherto) 2024-04-20
NM speed
UV max
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The data was last verified in its entirety on May 12, 2024.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains six spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 3)
  2. facing west. (thing 4)
  3. facing north. (thing 5)
  4. facing south. (thing 6)
  5. facing south. (thing 121)
  6. facing south. (thing 174)


Map data[edit]

Things 237
Vertices 1119*
Linedefs 1186
Sidedefs 1815
Sectors 229
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 967.


This level contains the following numbers of things per skill level:


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