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The original architects (in 1910) were Gilbert and Constanduros who designed others for Montague Pyke.
Ken, please leave this separate from your description, then I can take the blame for any mistakes.
The correct spelling is COLOSSEUM.
It was the Colosseum Rink some time before 9 April 1909.
I can’t confirm that W. Morris was the owner, but he was the “Proprietor” of the newly opened Royal Pavilion. (“Proprietor” is an ambiguous word that can have more than one meaning, and may not always indicate the actual owner. In fact, it was said that the business of the Royal Pavilion was bought by Arthur Dewhurst from William Osbaldstone.)
It reopened as the Colosseum Picturedrome on 1 August 1911.
(Source: Gazette-News for Blackpool, 1 August 1911).
It’s not clear how long that lasted, but it was reported in the Blackpool Gazette (4 Feb., 1913) that it had been taken over by the C.W.S. (Co-operative Wholesale Society) to become an exhibition hall called the Coliseum (sic), which was opened on 29 June 1913.
I’m afraid that’s as far as I got, because I was only photocopying the entertainment pages while I was in Blackpool Library.
The Clifton Palace opened on 24 March 1910 with Kinemacolor Pictures.
The proprietors were Manchester Electric Theatres, Ltd.
(Source: Gazette-News for Blackpool, etc. 25 March 1910).
Thanks for telling us that there’s still things worth photographing, including the front, which is usually all that us cinema enthusiasts can see to photograph anyway.
Therefore I wouldn’t call it “Demolished”.
Regards from Philip.
31 July 2020. It’s been announced that the Woolton has closed permanently. Coronavirus has been blamed, but no mention was made of the competition from the newish Cineworld at Speke, only 5 minutes away by car. It has to be admitted that the Woolton only lasted so long because the nearest cinemas were either in Liverpool city centre or Runcorn. Still, it’s very sad, and the end of an era for Liverpool’s oldest cinema.
I’ll make a post on my Flickr page (in the next few days) showing the news clippings, which prove there wasn’t enough time to build a purpose-built cinema.
I didn’t say the building was originally the Kings Hall. It was the Kings Hall Garage. (I’ve no idea where the name Kings Hall came from.)
It initially opened in 1909 (for a very short while) as the Kings Hall cinema.
I don’t like posting to Cinematreasures, because the descriptions end up being too confusing, with different people making contributions, but only one person claiming credit.
Here’s a link to my Flickr page:
Regards from Philip.
The Royal Pavilion was a conversion of the Kings Hall Garage, and was intially called the Kings Hall.See The Lancashire Evening Post for 8 March 1909.
Despite what is said in the current CTA Bulletin, the Royal Pavilion was not purpose-built.
It was a conversion of a garage.
Blackpool’s first purpose-built cinema was the Waterloo in 1912.
Architect: Henry Liversage Goldsmith.
The Premier Picture Palace (a converted billiard hall) had opened in Smithdown Road in 1912, which accounts for this being called the New Premier.
As far as is known, there was no other connection between the two cinemas.
Designed by Lionel A. G. Prichard.
I was convinced this was designed by Nagington & Shennan, and am pleased to find that I was correct.
Staffordshire Sentinel – Wednesday 24 December 1913
TO BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS.
Persons desirous of TENDERING for the ERECTION of a PICTURE PALACE, about to be Built fronting to Upper Normacot-road and Herbert-road, in Normacot, Longton, are requested to send in their names to the Proprietors, c/o MESSRS. NAGINGTON AND SHENNAN, Architects, 36, Dale street. Liverpool.
In 1985 it was converted into a shopping mall, but that was closed some years ago (before 2010 when it was said it was due for demolition and would be replaced by an Aldi store.
Edit, March 2013.Still standing, and on the market.
Edit. 2015. The facade survives, as a Barnardo’s shop. The body of the former cinema has been demolished with an Aldi store there with its entrance and car park this side of the retained facade.
“Warwick” is a bit of a mystery, unless it had something to do with the conversion into retail units in 1985.It wasn’t there before.
“Warwick” is a mystery, unless it had something to do with the conversion into retail units.It wasn’t there before.
It opened in 1911.
It was opened as Griffins' Picture Theatre on 25 September 1911, and I’ve got it closing in 1957.
It was opened on 12 October 1912, and closed in 1956.
According to The BIOSCOPE it was planned to open in September 1912, but I’d already put it down as opening on 7 November 1912, and closing in 1963!
I also had it down as being demolished.
Thanks for the photo – another to be added to my “locals”.
The Bioscope – Thursday 29 August 1912
Messrs. McKinnon and Glover have appointed Mr. Frank Etheridge as manager of the Empire Picturedrome, Thatto Heath, St. Helens, it is expected to open on or about the 19 prox. With such a popular gentleman as Mr. Etheridge to guide its fortunes, the theatre should prove a great success.
It was opened on 15 November 1915, and closed in 1960.
How can a 14-year-old cinema be called “a new picture theatre”?
And why should a “new hall” be “entirely redecorated”.
The Bioscope – Thursday 08 October 1925
Where Ginger Bread Comes From.
A new picture theatre, the Pavilion, has been opened at Ormskirk to “succeed” the Institute, which, in future, will probably be used for whist drives and dances, etc. Mr. F. W. Locke, a well-known Liverpool exhibitor, has an interest in both halls. The Pavilion has seating capacity for nearly 600 persons and has been entirely redecorated. Mr. Fred Locke is managing the new hall.
It wasn’t derelict in the 1970s.It was used as a warehouse for the Palace Amusements.Some of the “vehicles” from the “rides” could be seen.
By 2007 there was a Veterinary’s on the site.
A very odd looking building which possibly could be the part demolished cinema.
I saw it in 2011, and there seemed to be 2 (empty?) shop units in the foyer, with the rest of the building converted into flats.
Presumably those “windows” in the roof indicate two floors?
Lansbury Hall was opened in April 1937 as the local Labour Party’s H/Q and the name can be traced in local papers up to May 1955.
The Electric Picture Palace was a conversion of the Victorian County Hall and was opened “this week”. (Source: Millom Gazette, Friday, 9 June 1911).
The name was simplified to Electric Palace by September 1911, and Palace Cinema by August 1914. (Source: Millom Gazette, various issues).