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Philip Picturedrome commented about Gaumont Harrogate on May 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Architects: Chadwick & Watson, of Leeds. Family resemblance to the Lime Street Picture House, Liverpool (1912, later Futurist).

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Astra Entertainment Centre on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Photo taken in 1984 by Philip G Mayer, before he learned (the hard way) to ‘watermark’ his stuff. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/227025692/in/photolist-m4yQ5-9YWTG8-a25rpX-bCmqsJ-aiWZcf-6eBasJ-6eB9Sb-yh5vLX-A3mnQA-bkso4p-bksnXi-bksocz-4iEUDx-bTE2Eg-5m7aUt-4wfDMK-4iJBAU-azjyRd-a3HKD5-4xrJ8Y-4FGpLc

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Odyssey Cinema on Apr 12, 2016 at 3:14 am

I wonder how many other cinemas have the same address? Liverpool had a cinema at 166 London Road. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/236169322/in/photolist-mSqUS-9AouEP-yVk8rb-27qCWK-z5wSZn-zc1FLZ

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Philip Picturedrome commented about ABC Walton on Apr 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

The facade was one of the best in Liverpool. Here’s a photo, c1998: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/227025696/sizes/l

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Royal Super Cinema on Apr 9, 2016 at 8:37 am

The prolific A E Shennan was the architect responsible for the 1920 conversion to a cinema.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Derby Cinema on Apr 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

Six images and full history, here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/26322942335/in/photostream/

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Gaumont Hull on Mar 27, 2016 at 6:14 am

The Holderness Hall opened exactly two months after Liverpool’s Lime Street Picture House (later the Futurist), both being owned by the Bradford based New Century Pictures. The Liverpool cinema was designed by the company’s resident architects, C.C. Chadwick & Wm. Watson, of Albion Street, Leeds, but I can’t confirm that they also designed the Holderness Hall.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Scala Cinema on Mar 18, 2016 at 6:32 pm

The Palace Cinema, Runcorn was completely new in 1913. The Ordnance Survey map, revised in 1905, shows the site to be empty. Another source (not repeated here) claims that there was a theatre (1897) on the site. Definitely wrong! That “Urban Myth” came from “Curtains” – one of many mistakes in that publication. There had been a Victorian theatre nearby, but that’s another story, and it wasn’t even on the same road.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Safari Cinema on Mar 8, 2016 at 1:39 am

WOW! I’ve only just seen this photo after Googling this cinema. I always wondered if there was a good photo of one of the most outstanding cinema facades. Strange that only the architect’s drawing and an out-of-focus photo are the only others showing the original facade. Unless somebody knows different…

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Rialto Cinema on Feb 6, 2016 at 1:28 am

1982 photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/24221611303/in/dateposted/ It was never a church, but the name of the Removal firm – “Bishop’s Move” – seems to have confused somebody.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Casino Theatre on Feb 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

Good close-up on postcard: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/255148989/in/photolist-m5gFR-oxGUv-8n9K1T-48E19x-48J277-bVzxe9-bVawew-3YQHvQ-bmFoEm-23CLP2-48J2Xu-48J2Vs-48E1oK-48E1ex-48E1d4-48E1bB-48E17B-48DZZP-48DZYD-48DZMn-48J1Zu-3YQHFu-3YLsvr-48DZKv-241xHG-BoQJK-dxytWE-z37cLq-CVsPk-241xvo-2fmrSN-bVQp1E-sYes5u-bEKibh-4iEX4P-4iEzhk-4iEGjn-4iJDuq-4iEH5n-y5ntwe

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Embassy Cinema on Jan 24, 2016 at 3:47 am

That horrible cladding was removed a few years ago. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/4829237702/in/photolist-4iQRWV-8mK781-bks6XT-bks6QK-bks6HB-bks6zZ-bks6tT-bUBWjo For the record, the supermarket is on the ground floor in the area originally used as a garage. The rinks/cinema were upstairs.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Lido Cinema on Jan 19, 2016 at 12:07 am

Belmont Road Picture House / Lido Cinema, Belmont Road, Liverpool 6. Opened 1914. Architects: Campbell & Fairhurst. Closed 1959. TV repairs warehouse (NEMS). Wooky Hollow, etc. The building has been altered & rebuilt so much it is now unrecognisable as a former cinema. Presently selling kitchen appliances.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Curzon Cinema on May 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

Demolition might have started in March 2015, but it continues in May 2015.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about ABC Warrington on Apr 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

Sad. Both the Scala and Futurist cinemas in Lime Street, Liverpool will probably be demolished, although the “Picture House” sign (set in stone) will probably be incorporated into what replaces it. There is a campaign to save the facade…

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Philip Picturedrome commented about ABC Southport on Apr 10, 2015 at 2:36 pm

SouthportMike, your link shows my 1980s photo of the Regal/ABC, posted before I learned to “watermark” my photos. Incidently, the multiplex wasn’t called NBC, but something similar – it’s now Vue.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about ABC Southport on Apr 10, 2015 at 6:26 am

Here is the Regal/ABC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/4842132824/in/photolist-23CJPx-dRZPCS-23HaqW-23CKu2-23Hb6J-23Hbef-23Ha7w-23CKYp-23H9WL-4HSgG1-4zHWwm-4HSgTW-4zDEFR-8nTcoG-4iUWDY-4iUWBN-4iQSRr-3L5zsU-4iQSGx-bUBWq9

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Philip Picturedrome commented about ABC Southport on Apr 10, 2015 at 6:22 am

In its final days the Palace was indeed called ABC, as closed as such. There is a funny photo with a banner on the front of the building, reading: “For the last frickin' time, we are not the NBC”, which was the original name of the multiplex, which killed off the Palace/ABC. The heading is misleading, but perhaps it’s the policy of Cinema Treasures to list the final name.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Orion Cinema on Oct 11, 2014 at 7:29 am

It’s worth pointing out that this was A E Shennan’s only cinema outside Merseyside where he’d designed about 30. It’s also (sign of the times!) the last of his cinemas still showing films.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Lido Cinema on May 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Do links work? https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/226980028/in/photolist-m4kfL-6A4CsD-6A4CLD-bFVgZa-4iK2jm-AyMdw-6A8K5o-6A8K19-6A4Crc-6A4Cpi-6A4BsD-6A4Bop-6A8JVb-6A4Byp-6A8K77-4iErR2-4iEBpg-4iErUz

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Lido Cinema on May 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

The original facade was still basically intact in 1982.

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Curzon Cinema on May 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Isn’t it about time that cinemas (and other buildings) were Listed by English Heritage for their contribution to their neighbourhoods, rather than EH using the easy “get-out” that the interior’s been altered? The Curzon (in my humble opinion) is Liverpool’s best art-deco exterior in Liverpool (and I’m including the Philharmonic and the Forum cinema).

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Sefton Picturedrome on May 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Nitpicking perhaps, but it was the “Sefton Picturedrome”. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/369756851/in/photolist-yF6Q8-Ri9TP-4yk8if-5S854o-4iK9cY

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Magnet Cinema on May 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

1982 photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/227025693/in/photolist-81nW1D-4zHXkY-2hq8LJ-m4yQ6-bEKins-4iJSGE-4iJDpA

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Philip Picturedrome commented about Smithdown Picture Playhouse on May 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

This cinema was at 18-26 Smithdown Road.
The Pavilion in Lodge Lodge is visible from the site.