Comments from Philip Picturedrome

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Carlton Cinema on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Demolished in November 2017.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

The tower and entrance will be kept.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Picturedrome on Jun 9, 2017 at 7:09 am

A twin of the Kensington Picturedrome in Liverpool (see my avatar) which is two years older, and survives as Wetherspoons. Architects: Campbell & Fairhurst of Southport. It’s now one of only four surviving cinemas in the UK with original facades, which opened in 1910.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about 1958 on May 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

Hi, David. Yes, it seems very odd. Presumably, they had to be accompanied by an adult.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Jacey Film Theatre on May 4, 2017 at 10:39 am

PS If anyone will tell me how to post photos, please tell me. I used to know.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Jacey Film Theatre on May 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

1984 photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/226980037

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Palace Cinema on Apr 23, 2017 at 10:14 am

2009 photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/7127946711/in/photolist-bRSAdX-6WMQ6d-6WHPMv-6WHPJe-6WMPTo-6WMPVY-6WMPjU-6WMPww-6WMPzC-6WMP6j-6WMP1U-6WHP3H-6WMPaG-6WHP9X-6X8KeM-6WMPtS-6WHPt2-6WMPqJ-6WMPQ9-6WMPMf

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Derby Cinema on Apr 16, 2017 at 4:47 am

Converted into residential, 2016-17.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Tonic Cinema on Apr 9, 2017 at 8:37 am

Stevelaw. We have a similar council in Liverpool.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Picturedrome on Apr 9, 2017 at 4:32 am

Campbell & Fairhurst were originally based in Southport before moving to Liverpool.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Cannon Birkenhead on Mar 26, 2017 at 5:05 am

The Empire was a converted Victorian building.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Homer Cinema on Mar 5, 2017 at 7:36 am

Photo from Liverpool Record Office. Probably after it closed. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/2169867062/sizes/o/

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Philip Picturedrome commented about ABC Warrington on Feb 4, 2017 at 6:25 am

“The building was demolished to make it safe.”

Amazing !!!

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Odeon Warrington on Feb 4, 2017 at 6:15 am

1986 photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/2171813000/sizes/l

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Cannon Liverpool on Jan 28, 2017 at 12:25 am

It was one of the sites used for the Liverpool Biennial of 2016. It’s been de-tripled and all the ground floor seating has gone. Apart from damage caused by the de-tripling, the interior is in a sorry state, with an alarming hole in the ceiling. The public were not allowed to go upstairs. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/28244733645/sizes/l

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Scala Cinema on Jan 28, 2017 at 12:09 am

The former ABC Scala was demolished in January 2017.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Commodore Picture House on Jan 26, 2017 at 2:18 am

PS. When it sold car spare parts it was actually called “Commadore”!

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Commodore Picture House on Jan 26, 2017 at 2:16 am

When the Commodore opened it was Liverpool’s largest purpose-built cinema, with 1966 seats (stalls 1366, balcony 600). Apart from the Paramount (later the Odeon) in the City Centre which opened in October 1934 with 2670 seats, the Commodore remained the largest purpose-built cinema in Liverpool for the rest of its life.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Carlton Cinema on Jan 26, 2017 at 1:58 am

It wasn’t the largest cinema in Liverpool when it opened. In 1932 an official count of the seats revealed that they were less than had been originally claimed. There was a total of 1,912 seats, 1,552 in the stalls and 660 in the balcony. This still made the Carlton the second largest purpose-built cinema in Liverpool at the time (after the Commodore in Bankhall with 1,966 seats). When the Paramount in the city centre opened in 1934 with 2,670 seats, the Carlton became the third largest.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Electric Theatre on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

I think it’s safe to assume that the cinema was on the ground floor. In fact, most pre-1910 cinemas were in converted shops.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Plaza Theatre on Dec 18, 2016 at 6:48 am

Photo: http://playingbingo.co.uk/images/lost-halls/birkenhead-plaza-bingo-borough-road/birkenhead-plaza-bingo-borough-road.jpg

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Woolton Picture House on Sep 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm

There’s no “t” in Prichard. Harold Ackroyd admitted that a local resident (not named!) said it opened on Boxing Day, 1927.

It has been difficult to ascertain the actual opening date. It could have been anytime between 28 January 1928 and 2 March 1928. The Ingress and Egress certificate was first issued on 28 January 1928. (It wouldn’t have been possible for it to open before this certificate was issued). It might have opened on 1 February 1928. When the Ritz Cinema in Utting Avenue was at the planning stage on 2 March 1928, it was stated to the Licensing Bench of the Magistrates that the applicant, a Mr Alfred Adams, was the “big shareholder” in each of the companies formed for this and two other cinemas. The two others were “the recently opened” Woolton cinema and the West Derby cinema which had then been open for “less than a year”.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Scala Cinema on Sep 6, 2016 at 6:15 pm

X in the City closed in October 2015, and the building should be demolished in the next week or so. (7 Sept. 2016).

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Cineworld Cinema - Liverpool on Sep 6, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Demolished August/September 2016.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Princess Cinema on Jul 25, 2016 at 5:57 am

Almost completely demolished on Sunday, 24 July 2016.