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Architects: Chadwick & Watson, of Leeds.
Family resemblance to the Lime Street Picture House, Liverpool (1912, later Futurist).
Photo taken in 1984 by Philip G Mayer, before he learned (the hard way) to ‘watermark’ his stuff.
I wonder how many other cinemas have the same address?
Liverpool had a cinema at 166 London Road.
The facade was one of the best in Liverpool.
Here’s a photo, c1998:
The prolific A E Shennan was the architect responsible for the 1920 conversion to a cinema.
Six images and full history, here:
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.
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.
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…
It was never a church, but the name of the Removal firm – “Bishop’s Move” – seems to have confused somebody.
Good close-up on postcard:
That horrible cladding was removed a few years ago.
For the record, the supermarket is on the ground floor in the area originally used as a garage.
The rinks/cinema were upstairs.
Belmont Road Picture House / Lido Cinema, Belmont Road, Liverpool 6.
Architects: Campbell & Fairhurst.
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.
Demolition might have started in March 2015, but it continues in May 2015.
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…
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.
Here is the Regal/ABC:
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.
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.
Do links work?
The original facade was still basically intact in 1982.
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).
Nitpicking perhaps, but it was the “Sefton Picturedrome”.
This cinema was at 18-26 Smithdown Road.The Pavilion in Lodge Lodge is visible from the site.