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photoblog image The Grand Picture Palaces...

The Grand Picture Palaces...


... now faded away.

The age of the grand city centre cinema is just a memory for many, replaced by unremarkable sheds on retail parks.

The Futurist was Liverpool city centre's first purpose built cinema, and it's longest surviving with a 70 year lifespan. A grand Georgian frontage and a blue Scillian Marble foyer lead into a wonderland of entertainment. The first in the city to have the marvel of sound, you would pay 1/10d in the stalls and 3/- in the circle. (that is about 9pence and 15pence in todays money). It grew with the technology, Stereophonic sound, widescreen TODD-AO and Sensurround sound were all added over the years.

I remember going there in 1980 or 1981 with our son and niece to see Flash Gordon the Movie during the school holidays. It was full of kids all enjoying themselves, stamping their feet and joining in with the soundtrack by Queen, cheering on the hero and booing the badies. Unfortunately it was not to last long after that, it finally closed it's doors on th 17th July 1982 and today is just a boarded up building on Lime Street.

The Grand Picture Palaces...


... now faded away.

The age of the grand city centre cinema is just a memory for many, replaced by unremarkable sheds on retail parks.

The Futurist was Liverpool city centre's first purpose built cinema, and it's longest surviving with a 70 year lifespan. A grand Georgian frontage and a blue Scillian Marble foyer lead into a wonderland of entertainment. The first in the city to have the marvel of sound, you would pay 1/10d in the stalls and 3/- in the circle. (that is about 9pence and 15pence in todays money). It grew with the technology, Stereophonic sound, widescreen TODD-AO and Sensurround sound were all added over the years.

I remember going there in 1980 or 1981 with our son and niece to see Flash Gordon the Movie during the school holidays. It was full of kids all enjoying themselves, stamping their feet and joining in with the soundtrack by Queen, cheering on the hero and booing the badies. Unfortunately it was not to last long after that, it finally closed it's doors on th 17th July 1982 and today is just a boarded up building on Lime Street.

comments (3)

  • Ada
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2008, 00:33
You ever thought about having a picture book with all these pictures and information?
Les Auld: Could be a good idea Ada, thanks fr the comment.
The old cinema I went to the Saturday matinee at as a child has long gone Les. What a shame this can't be used for something instead of being left to rot.
Les Auld: Maybe it will have a role in the new Liverpool as there is some regeneration going on around there, thanks for the comment Brian.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 7 Aug 2008, 19:40
You photograph reminded me of a wonderful Italian movie "Cinema Paradiso". Kind of a nostalgic sigh for times gone by.
Les Auld: Never saw that film but I know what you mean, thanks for the comment.

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