Electric Palace Cinema

295 Old Chester Road,
Rock Ferry, CH42

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Located in the Rock Ferry district of Birkenhead, on the Wirrel, Cheshire. Originally the road was named New Chester Road and it was opposite St. Paul’s Church. Originally built as a Mission Hall in 1877, it went over to roller skating before conversion to cinema use. The Rock Ferry Electric Palace was opened on 4th November 1911. Seating was provided for 600, with 500 in the stalls and 100 in the small circle. Around 1931 it was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system.

Later known as the Electric Palace Cinema (and not to be confused with the earlier Electric Palace on Grove Road which had closed during World War I), it was closed in February 1956 with “The Naked Street” & “Great Sioux Uprising”. It was never equipped to show CinemScope films. The building became a car showroom and was still there in 1990.

It has since been demolished and a block of flats now sits on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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