Queen's Cinema

19-21 Claughton Road,
Birkenhead, CH41

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Located on the corner of Claughton Road and Kendall Street. The Queen’s Hall was opened in 1862, and operated as a music hall. Film were being screened from 1908. It was heavily altered and re-opened as the Queen’s Cinema on 29th November 1913.

It was taken over by General Theatre Corporation, and they were taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain in May 1928. It was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system.

The Queen’s Cinema was closed in May 1949. It lay unused for a while, and was converted into a ballroom from 31st May 1952. It was demolished in the 1960’s to build a flyover access to a car park.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on December 11, 2018 at 4:41 pm

John Frederick Wood (Bedford Cinemas Ltd/Bedford Cinemas (1928) Ltd.), was showing films here from 1908, which qualifies the Queen’s as his first cinema. The Bedford Cinema in Walton, Liverpool (opened 1910) was his first purpose-built cinema (and his second cinema). This must have confused one person who knew that Mr Wood had both cinemas, and he mistakenly said that the Bedford was opened in 1908.

Philip Mayer

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