Palladium Cinema

81-83 Seaforth Road, Seaforth,
Liverpool, L21 3TY

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The Seaforth Palladium is located in Seaforth near the Liverpool suburbs of Crosby and Sefton. It opened on 25th December 1913 with a programme of short comedy and drama films. It was built for and was operated by the Seaforth Palladium Picture Palace Ltd.

The purpose built cinema had glazed white tiling on its facade which had garlands of flowers around and under the windows and a pedimented gable in the centre which contained a round window and the date ‘1913’. Inside the auditorium the seating was provided on stalls and circle levels. There was quite a large stage and an orchestra pit.

When other cinemas opened in the area, the Palladium went over to playing mainly second run films. It was always operated by independent operators.

The Palladium Cinema closed on 13th June 1959 with Kerwin Matthews in "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" and Darren McGavin in "The Case Against Brooklyn".

The building became a storeroom until 1982. It then lay empty until 1985 when it became a second-hand furniture store and from 1986 the main floor was converted into a sauna and health club known as ‘The Fitness Connection’ which has now taken over the entire building.

The Palladium Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Picturedrome
Picturedrome on July 28, 2010 at 3:04 am

It was almost certainly designed by Nagington & Shennan, being a twin of their Homer cinema.
Here’s a recent photo:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Thanks for the photo Picturedrome.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on July 14, 2011 at 6:23 am

How nice to see that the building is still standing, for some reason I was under the impression that it had been demolished years ago.

I remember going to the palladium as a child when staying with relatives in Seaforth, I cannot remember the films we saw but I do remember seeing “The Rainbow Jacket” at Seaforth’s other picturehouse the Stella Cinema starring Bill (Compo) Owen, this was a horse racing drama with Owen as a jockey.

Picturedrome
Picturedrome on July 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

Picturedrome
Picturedrome on July 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.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Picturedrome, Thanks for the information I cannot say that I remember the police station. I knew that the Stella was demolished, I saved a picture of it from a site which I can’t seem to find anymore, but at least I still have the photo. I remember when I was a projectionist in Pwllheli, sending a few features after our run on to the Palladium and thinking of all the cinemas in the country in those days that I was addressing them to a place I knew. These crossovers as was the term did not happen often as films almost always were sent back to the film depot.

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