Jacey Film Theatre

Clayton Square,
Liverpool, L1

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Gala Film Distributors Ltd., Jacey Cinemas, Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd.

Architects: George L. Alexander

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Picture House, Prince of Wales Cinema, News Theatre, Gala International Film Theatre

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Jacey Film Theatre

Located in Liverpool city centre. The Picture House was built on the site of the Prince of Wales Theatre. It opened on 25th November 1912. It was built for the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) chain and designed by architect George L. Alexander in a Neo-Classical style. Seating was provided for 700 in stalls and circle levels. In April 1914 PCT re-named it Prince of Wales Cinema, and they operated it until 1923. It was taken over by Savoy Cinemas, a subsidiary of Associated British Cinemas(ABC). It was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system and screened its first ‘talkie’ “The Trial of Mary Duggan” starring Norma Shearer on 30th September 1929. In May 1933 it passed to the Regent Circuit, another subsidiary of ABC, finally coming back to ABC control until February 1936, when an independent operator took over.

In 1946 the Prince of Wales Cinema was closed for alterations, and was taken over by the Jacey Cinemas circuit. It re-opened as the News Theatre on 17th December 1946 with a reduced seating capacity for 561.

It was taken over by Kenneth Rive’s Gala Films and re-named Gala International Film Theatre from 20th September 1962 with Jeanne Moreau in “Les Laisons Dangereuses” and “Street of Shame” and continued playing (mainly) X-Certificate foreign films. In September 1963 it was taken back by Jacey Cinemas and re-named Jacey Film Theatre. It closed on 7th July 1972 with “Don’t Deliver Us From Evil” and “The Subject Is Sex”. The building was then converted into the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament Church. It was demolished in 1986 in a redevelopment which included the new Clayton Square Shopping Centre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on May 4, 2017 at 8:37 am

1984 photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/226980037

Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on May 4, 2017 at 8:39 am

PS If anyone will tell me how to post photos, please tell me. I used to know.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

Phillip, locate the photograph on your computor and go to the theatre page you want to download it to. Click on the ‘Photos’ tab and then click the ‘Add a New Photo’ tab and then select the file (photo) you want to download. You can title the photo and type in any details you wish. Click ‘upload Photo’ to finish. It will take several seconds for it to appear on the page, so only click once.

rasLXR on May 5, 2017 at 2:06 pm





rasLXR on May 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm


PROJIE on January 5, 2019 at 9:40 am

In 1936 it was taken over by Byrom Picture Houses, run by Stanley Grimshaw. In 1938 Byrom was taken over by Regent Enterprises run by Philip Hanmer Hanmer sold the cinema to Jacey.

rivest266 on June 20, 2021 at 5:27 am

1962 and 1963 first ads posted.

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