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A stunning Art Deco auditorium – one of the finest remaining in the United Kingdom – is the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
It was opened in 1939 having been designed by Herbert Rowse with window panels by Hector Whistler.
The auditorium ceiling and walls step down towards the front with concealed lighting within each step. Down the rear half of the side walls are several private boxes, whilst towards the front are three wonderful Deco figures on each side.
The foyers and bars are also pure Art Deco in design and are simply amazing.
The hall was built as a free standing concert hall but from the start had, and it is still functioning, a unique 1939 cinema screen (7.17mtrs x 5.33 mtrs) which rises up through the platform stage by way of a mechanical hoist. It was equipped with both 35mm and 16mm projection facilities
The Hall had a major refurbishment in 1995. As well as concerts by the R.P.O., there are regular film shows of a mix of classic, modern and occasionally, silent films (accompanied by the Orchestra) play at the Philharmonic Hall, usually for one night only, and are extremely well attended. If you are ever in the North West of England this is well worth making a detour for!
The Philharmonic Hall is designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage.
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