Smithdown Picture Playhouse

242 Smithdown Road,
Edge Hill,
Liverpool, L15 5AH

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Located in the Toxteth/Edge Hill district of Liverpool on the corner of Southdown Road and Greenbank Road. The Smithdown Picture Playhouse was opened on 22nd February 1915. The auditorium side-walls were decorated with tapestries. The proscenium was 27 feet wide and there was a small stage.

It was taken over by the Bedford circuit in 1921, and in 1928, it was taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain, but the lease was teminated and it returned to the independent ownership of its original operators Smithdown Picture Playhouse Ltd.

The Smithdown Picture Playhouse was closed on 11th September 1963 with Joanne Woodward in “Woman of Straw” and John Agar in “Hand of Death”. Two days later it re-opened as a bingo club. Bingo continued until 1964, when the building was demolished. A Tesco supermarket was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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