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    Philip,
    regarding the Cabbage Hall

    Cinema, you may appreciate this story I posted to another forum last year....
    =======================
    This story is strange but true.

    I

    had to do a bit of business in Old Swan on Tuesday and parked up in one of the side streets. As I was going back to my car, I noticed a building that looked

    like an old cinema on Prescot Rd. Decided to take a pic. Just before I took one, I asked the first person I saw if they could confirm whether it was a cinema

    or not.

    [This is when it gets weird! ]

    The gentleman confirmed that it was. It used to be the Curzon Cinema, Old Swan. It turned out that this

    chap was the manager of the Abbey Cinerama for 30 years before it closed down in 1979! Previous to that, he was also the manager of the Cabbage Hall Cinema

    which is now the LFC Supporters Club. Previous to that, he was the manager of the Stella cinema in Seaforth!

    The gentlemen's name is Ambler Ramsden.

    The "Ambler" was his mother's maiden name. He's 85 years old and appears as fit as a fiddle. However, he told me I caught him on one of his good days,

    healthwise. He'd just returned from the Royal after having a fitting for a hearing aid and had recently recovered from a mild stroke. He informed me that on

    his "bad" days, he can barely string a couple of words together.

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    Forgot to include the pic I took of the Curzon in my previous

    post.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scouserdave View Post
    Forgot to include the pic I took of the Curzon in my previous

    post.

    Many of these old cinemas are pretty well intact inside. Many

    are just not uses as no one can find a use fior the large spaces. A whole theatre was found intact in Glasgow. Most of it was sealed off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scouserdave View Post
    Philip,
    regarding the Cabbage Hall Cinema, you may appreciate this story I posted to another forum last

    year....
    =======================
    This story is strange but true.

    I had to do a bit of business in Old Swan on Tuesday and parked up in

    one of the side streets. As I was going back to my car, I noticed a building that looked like an old cinema on Prescot Rd. Decided to take a pic. Just before

    I took one, I asked the first person I saw if they could confirm whether it was a cinema or not.

    [This is when it gets weird! ]

    The gentleman

    confirmed that it was. It used to be the Curzon Cinema, Old Swan. It turned out that this chap was the manager of the Abbey Cinerama for 30 years before it

    closed down in 1979! Previous to that, he was also the manager of the Cabbage Hall Cinema which is now the LFC Supporters Club. Previous to that, he was the

    manager of the Stella cinema in Seaforth!

    The gentlemen's name is Ambler Ramsden. The "Ambler" was his mother's maiden name. He's 85 years old and

    appears as fit as a fiddle. However, he told me I caught him on one of his good days, healthwise. He'd just returned from the Royal after having a fitting

    for a hearing aid and had recently recovered from a mild stroke. He informed me that on his "bad" days, he can barely string a couple of words

    together.
    The Abbey at Wavertree Clock was a class place inside. The public areas were really ritzy with a large Busby Berkley staircase. I

    wonder if it is all still there.

    Anyone got a picture of old Plaza in Allerton Rd? Demolished in the 1970s.

    The Curzon

    Theatre


    Built in 1936, and designed by Earnest Shennan, the Curzon was one the few cinema's where 3D films could be seen. The short lived novelty

    of 3D would soon be replaced by Cinema Scope and Magnetic Stereophonic sounds pioneered by Twentieth Century Fox.

    The grand opening of the Curzon was

    at 2.30 pm on the 10th October 1936. The ceremony was performed by Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor R.J.Hall. The auditorium has 1750 seats, upholstered

    in amber and a fully carpeted floor that sloped to a crossover gangway from the main stage. The orchestra pit featured the handsome console of the computer

    organ that incorporated all the modern advances including the electronics unit. The organ chamber was behind the screen and the large projection room housed

    two Kalee projectors, Western Electronic wide range sound system, spotlight lanterns and electrical equipment.

    The prices were 6d, 9d, 1s with reduced

    rates in the afternoon. The Curzon closed on the 20th August 1960.

    Following it's closure, the building was reconstructed into a row of shops. A

    similar use of the building continues with the upper parts of the building relatively unchanged from it's days as a

    cinema

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    First pic I saw in the Abbey that took advantage of "cinerama" was with my

    Mum, watching Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouserdave View Post
    First pic I

    saw in the Abbey that took advantage of "cinerama" was with my Mum, watching Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines.
    I saw that in the

    Gaumont in Dingle - without cinerama. A big fat man right in the middle kept laughing very loudly all the time. It caught on.
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    Philip, do you have

    any pics of the Paladium, Hippodrome and Majestic? They were my local cinemas as a kid living in Hughes St, L6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Lovely photo of the Curzon.
    With my old Zenith

    camera I could never seem to get the full width in.

    Here's the Plaza on an old postcard.

    Plaza, 180 Allerton Road, Liverpool 18.
    Architect

    A. E. Shennan.
    Opened 30 Mar 1928.
    Renamed Gaumont in 1950, then Odeon in 1962.
    Renamed Classic in 1967.
    Closed 18 April 1971.
    Demolished. A

    Tesco supermarket (now Yates's Wine Lodge) was built on the site.

    Shops were built on the site of the Plaza's car park, with a new Classic cinema

    being built over them. It opened 11 August 1973.
    For some reason I always thought the cinema was further back off the road. I remember it

    being the Odeon, then renamed the Classic. Everyone still called it the Odeon. There was a milk dairy behind the cinema. I knew a girl whoes dad owned the

    dairy and lived there. The road to the left is a service road and is still there.

    The whole area of Penny Lane/Allerton Road had no pubs. A very

    large area - odd for Liverpool. The nearest pubs were the Brook House in Smithdown Rd and the Rose of Mossley right up Rose Lane. This has now changed with

    the wine bars and the likes along Allerton Road making this road quite an animated place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    To the original person who asked about the

    Cabbage Hall Cinema.
    Just because no photos exist of the original cinema, it would still be considered good manners to thank somebody who has gone to

    the trouble of trying to answer your enquiries.
    Luckily, the person who asked about Reynolds' Waxworks has been interested and appreciative, which has

    encouraged me to help as much as I can.
    is that me ??

    I only just read this post tonight (Tues 9pm )- I havn't been on-line for

    approx 24 hrs or more. So I've only just seen this.

    I am very interested in the Cabbage Hall as my family lived near by. I can very vaguely recall a

    relative taking me to the childrens matinee.
    I think I might have been age 4 or 5 perhaps .. so it must have been approx 1957 or 58.

    Very

    interesting to see that old cinema program ... I see that it is listed as being on Townsend lane/Rochester rd. Rochester road, for some reason was changed

    to become part of Lower Breck rd which it is still called to this day.
    Shame they dropped the name Rochester rd - it sounds nicer.

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    Very interesting posts from all.

    The Majestic.

    I went on my first date there !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Palladium, 136 West Derby Road, Liverpool 6.
    Opened 10 May 1913.
    Architects: Nagington & Shennan.
    Closed 1 July

    1967.
    Demolished 1967 for road widening.

    The exterior photo was taken just before it closed, and the interior is dated 1950 (I don't know what's

    up with the ceiling!).
    Both photos are from the LRO Collection at Liverpool's Central Library.
    Philip, you are a star, mate! Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    This replaced an earlier Majestic Cinema which

    had opened on the same site in 1914.

    Majestic, Daulby Street, off London Road, Liverpool 3.
    Opened 2 October 1937.
    Architects: Gray, Evans &

    Crossley.
    Closed 27 June 1970.
    Demolished 1970.
    The site is part of the car park of the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

    Both these photos are dated

    1937, and are from the LRO Collection at Liverpool's Central Library.
    I saw Bonnie & Clyde there.
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    I don't remember that one. (The Paladium)

    Was it up by the Grafton

    end of West Derby rd ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Before I do the Royal Hippodrome, will somebody tell me how I post pics so they are a large size like the beautiful one of the

    Curzon?
    Thanks in advance.
    Hit the quote button. The editor has buttons above. Point to a yellow one that says "insert image". Click it.

    A window appears insert the picture adress, click OK. You can preview the picture before committing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Before I do the Royal Hippodrome, will somebody tell me how I post pics so they are a

    large size like the beautiful one of the Curzon?
    Thanks in advance.
    Bigging up pictures usually degrades them unless you have certain software.

    Probably best if you send them au natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    You're welcome Dave.
    I didn't mean to offend anybody, but I belong to another group (not

    Flickr, which is great) and hardly ever get any acknowledgement that I've even posted, which is very discouraging.
    Comfort yourself in knowing

    that they are ignorant ****heads. Probably genetic. It's not their fault

    Your cinema pics are brilliant! You are in good company here

    Philip

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Actually, I have to reduce them for this group.
    Do I still

    go to "Manage Attachments" and do I then go to "Pics from URL" instead of "Pics from Computer"?
    I'm scared of anything technical until I know how to do

    it!
    Phil, rather than faff around with "advice" post the originals to me and I'll reduce them to 800 x

    ?
    dave@liverpoolpictorial.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Lovely photo of the Curzon.
    With my old Zenith camera I could never seem to get the full

    width in.

    Here's the Plaza on an old postcard.

    Plaza, 180 Allerton Road, Liverpool 18.
    Architect A. E. Shennan.
    Opened 30 Mar

    1928.
    Renamed Gaumont in 1950, then Odeon in 1962.
    Renamed Classic in 1967.
    Closed 18 April 1971.
    Demolished. A Tesco supermarket (now Yates's

    Wine Lodge) was built on the site.

    Shops were built on the site of the Plaza's car park, with a new Classic cinema being built over them. It opened

    11 August 1973.
    The film showing on the Plazza is "Vanessa" with Helen Hayes (1935).
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    I managed to follow that up to "insert the URL of the picture".
    As far as I know my pics just have a

    filename.
    (They've been transferred from my camera).
    The extension usually has to be .jpg or .gif. It has to be in a location which it

    can be accessed from, like on a server. If you have a web site allocated by your ISP, use this space. Or somthing like the free fkr site will do. Download

    the file to the photo site and link to there (give the full address (URL) of the photo). The address must be like say Daves for the Curzon:

    http://www.liverpoolpictorial.co.uk/curzonoldswan.jpg

    Using one of these free photo sites also gives you backup in case your disk

    crashes.
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    Jaw Dropping!
    Philip, you are a star Mate!

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    That colour postcard of the Hippodrome is brilliant



    I remember that cinema well.

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