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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Picturedrome commented about Palace Cinema on Jan 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

This is how the Palace first appeared in 1913 as a purpose-built cinema. The front was modernised in the 1930s.

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Picturedrome commented about Kensington Cinema on Dec 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

How do we get rid of the unnecessary advert?

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Picturedrome commented about Hippodrome Cinema on May 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hippodrome, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside. WA10. Architect: J A Brown (1902 Empire Palace Theatre). It was called Hippodrome by 1904 when the proprietors were Thomas Barrasford, W Sley & F Willmot. Proprietor: Frank E. Spring’s Circuit (date?). Proprietor: South Lancs Theatres, +1929 KYB. Closed 1937, the auditorium was completely remodelled for cinema use. Reopened 8 August 1938 as New Hippodrome, with Anna Neagle in “Victoria the Great”. Renamed Hippodrome. Proprietor: Empire Cinema (Wigan) Ltd, by 1940 to 1943 KYBs. Closed 31 August 1963. Reopened 1 Sep 1963 as a Bingo Hall. Later Surewin Bingo by the1980s. Still operating (2013) as Hippodrome Bingo.

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Picturedrome commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 2:26 am

Are you sure this was built in 1873? The Salvation Army was still very much in its infancy in the 1870s, and I doubt it had reached the provinces until the 1880s, with purpose-built citadels arriving much later.

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Picturedrome commented about Windmill Theatre on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:25 am

This wasn’t built as a cinema. It was built as the “Palace of Light” for the showman C. B. Cochran, and opened 4 July 1908. It originally had 1,000 light bulbs on the exterior. Cochran was well-known at the time, and presented all kinds of live performances, usually called “Cochran Revues”. However, he didn’t present films. It was renamed the Gem in 1910, which is when it probably became a cinema. Incidently, there are hardly any purpose-built cinemas with original frontages dating from before 1911. The front of the Picture House in Birmingham survives. The Electric in Portobello Road, the Bedford (Edit: since demolished) and the Kensington, both in Liverpool survive. All 3 opened in December 1910. There might (arguably) be one or two more from 1910, but it has to be admitted that original cinema facades are now an endangered species.

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Picturedrome commented about ABC Blackpool on Feb 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

Former ABC, Blackpool.

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Picturedrome commented about ABC Blackpool on Feb 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

The ABC Princess wasn’t on the Promenade, and was opposite the Metropole Hotel (not Theatre), whose front was on the Promenade.

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Picturedrome commented about Futurist Cinema on Sep 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

If anybody needs correcting, it’s the late Harold Ackroyd. I soon learned not to repeat anything he said unless I could find the original source. The operating company at the year ending 31 December 1957 was the “Futurist (Liverpool) Ltd”. Alderman Alfred Levy was the Managing Director. By March 1960 it was an ABC house.

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Picturedrome commented about Palladium Cinema on Jul 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

Eric. The Seaforth Stella was demolished years ago. You might be interested to know that the police station next to the Palladium has been demolished, and the site redeveloped.

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Picturedrome commented about Palladium Cinema on Jul 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve added a potted history to my photo, and made the other photo private, so here it is again: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/5936795277/in/photostream

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Picturedrome commented about Futurist Cinema on Jun 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi, Eric. Your link doesn’t work for me. I live in Liverpool and know what you mean. It looks in a very sorry state, approaching its Centenary.

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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Chester on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:17 am

Another lost apostrophe.

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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Liverpool on Mar 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

1934 photo:
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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Liverpool on Mar 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

1986 photo:
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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Liverpool on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Yes, the two buildings are much older than the cinema.
You can see where the one facing London Road was cut short to allow for the entrance to the cinema.
Ma Egerton’s was originally on the site where the Forum was built in Lime Street, so it would have moved after June 1929.
(I’ve got a copy of a press cutting from June 1929).
That story you heard must have been from somebody who got their facts wrong.

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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Liverpool on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

17 March 2011 photo:
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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Liverpool on Mar 22, 2011 at 2:27 am

Sorry, Ian.
Your name is the only one that appears.
Who is CT?

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Picturedrome commented about Odeon Liverpool on Mar 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Hi, Laura.
It was Ian – being rather premature – who says: “Demolition of the Odeon began in November 2010, and was completed in March 2011."
If I didn’t know the truth, a statement like that would have prevented me from visiting the site to take photos, thinking that there’s nothing left.
The demolition will continue, but will take a while.
Apart from the fact it’s a huge building, there are also buildings at two corners which will remain.
Philip.