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Demolished in November 2017.
The tower and entrance will be kept.
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.
Yes, it seems very odd.
Presumably, they had to be accompanied by an adult.
If anyone will tell me how to post photos, please tell me.
I used to know.
Converted into residential, 2016-17.
We have a similar council in Liverpool.
Campbell & Fairhurst were originally based in Southport before moving to Liverpool.
The Empire was a converted Victorian building.
Photo from Liverpool Record Office.
Probably after it closed.
“The building was demolished to make it safe.”
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.
The former ABC Scala was demolished in January 2017.
When it sold car spare parts it was actually called “Commadore”!
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.
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.
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.
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”.
X in the City closed in October 2015, and the building should be demolished in the next week or so. (7 Sept. 2016).
Demolished August/September 2016.
Almost completely demolished on Sunday, 24 July 2016.