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    Hi Gang,

    Just plugged into this thread and it brung up some memories about what I think was the Continental in the Wirral.

    I used to frequent this place in the fifties. Can't remember the name but it may well have been the Continental as mentioned by Felicity back on page 11.

    It had been a theatre and all the theatre trappings were still in place. Your ticket led you to a numbered seat. When you bought your ticket you could order coffee and biscuits which were brought to your seat in the interval.
    They showed films which were not on general release in the normal cinemas, what we'd now call "Art House" movies. I know it was still there in 59/60? because it was there I saw "Jazz on a summer's day", the documentary about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.

    A night out there involved a trip on the ferry, a short walk, a good movie in elegant surroundings and a moonlight trip back on the ferry. Especially memorable if one was on a romantic date!

    Was it the Continental any other memories any pics?

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    Thanks Phil,

    Liscard Road seems about right, in my memory box. Look forward to seeing the pic hopefully it will dredge up the old nostalgia bug.

    Cheers

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    Hi Philip,

    Thanks a lot for the info and the pic shame about the overprinting, but I fully understand, and sympathise with, your wish to protect your photographs.

    I"m amazed it didn't start out as a theatre I'd just assumed it was a converted theatre because everything about the decoration and the whole ambience of the place had the feeling of theatrical beginnings rather than a cinema.

    Picking up on other peoples comments get your book written yes, it may be a minority interest, but you're adding something to the pool of common knowledge and intellectual diversity that's got to be a good thing.

    Thanks again.

    Joge

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    Especially as it's been mentioned that the only other current offering has mistakes in it.
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    PhilipG, do you by any chance, have a picture of the Pheonix Cinema, in Wallasey Village, it was a flea pit, but on a saturday morning, it was my world.

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    Ah days of my misspent youth,
    Myself, my younger sister, and several friends off to the Saturday morning matinee, several cartoons, and a main feature, King of the rocket men was one of my favourites,
    http://www.moria.co.nz/sf/kingofrocketmen.htm and all for a tanner 6d in old money 2.5 Pence now.

    I was living on the Leasow estate at the time and would walk to the cinema getting there nice and early so i could sit right at the front, and in the middle, 2 hours of pure bliss, and all for the priceley sum of a Bob 1s 5 pence in new money, which was my entrence fee an icecream tub and a bag of sweets and a drink. god we were rich then.

    as someone on here says in their sig, In the days when we had nothing, we had fun.

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    Phill just noticed that the pheonix (bird image) is missing it's red neon tubing between its base and the top part, it used to flash on and off in a ripple effect so it looked like flames, I used to stand and watch it for hours.

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    Phil. You know amongst other things, I look out for pics of old cinemas for you on my travels, have you got this one of Queens Drive baths as a cinema. It's out of that new book, Played in Liverpool.
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    ...Oh,and the pic.
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    My Dad was Charlie Seaman... worked as an apprentice projectionist / sweeper upper when he was 16 at The Magnet, Wavertree Road. At the Gaumont, Princes Park he was projectionist... my Mum worked as an usherette, and my Aunt was the Manager's Assistant. Dad went on to work as Cheif Projectionist at the Hippodrome on the Hill; completing stand-in stints for Rank at the Odeon Liverpool, and also the Odeon Chester. His time with Rank finished when they closed the Odeon, Stanley Road, Bootle. He then went on to work for Star when they opened the new 051 complex in Mount Pleasant.

    Sadly Dad is not with us anymore. Memories for me which put a smile on my face.....

    1) Gaumont - being allowed to bring loads of mates to the matinees with me when I was 7 for free, and getting free drinks and ice-creams. I only found out afterward that my Mum and Dad had to pay the bill afterward....!

    2) Hippodrome - Dad took me out onto the roof of the cinema as we heard a radio news bulletin that what remained of New Brighton tower complex was on fire. I can still recall seeing the smoke rising up over the river....

    3) Odeon, Bootle - I actually ran a matinee show when I was 15 as my Dad was too ill to do it himself. He sat in a chair at the back of the projection box and told me what to do and to look out for '..Link...Motor....Change!' Pure cinematic rock n'roll!!!

    4) 051 - Being introduced to huge reels attached to projectors which had a complete day's show on them, and didn't require changing. Also being introduced to 'mucky films' rather than the more family-oriented ones that I'd been used to. Nice to note that C4 has shown much worse in the intervening years...! :-)

    I've digitised a few of Dad's cinematic photographs that I can let you have a look at if anyone is interested?

    Cheers - Graham, Childwall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phredd View Post
    Took a trip down West Derby Road (Tuebrook) last week looking for a cinema that I frequented as a kid -- no sign of it, the building has long gone and I cannot remember its name.

    Its location was down West Derby road (tuebrook) just passed the police station and under the railway bridge on the right.
    I think it was between "Oak Leigh and Ivy Leigh".
    Can anyone name it for me ?

    Thanks for any help that comes along.

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    My late Dad lived in Ivy Leigh in the 1920s and referred to the Empress as the 'Hen Pen'. He often said about buying an 'apeth of fades' which was bruised fruit and cheaper than sweets. He also said, the realy bad fruit they used to throw around in the dark for a laugh (What a hooligan!)

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    Hello Beatle, I ate fades all the time from my local greengrocers. It was the only way I would be able to eat fruit in my early years. You,d just cut the bad bit out and throw it away.

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    Was going to do the rounds of all the old cinema buildings that are left
    needless to say it never stopped raining, however, this is the Regal
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    That's a good wide shot.
    I'll look forward to seeing the other photos.
    Do you know where all the former cinemas are?
    I keep meaning to make a list.
    I know were a good few are but, if you manage alist please email to me
    If you want to use any of my pic,s feel free

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    Spot-on Phil
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    Thanks Phil
    should keep me busy for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Bear in mind that with that being the complete list, it also includes all the buildings that have been altered so much that you're going to curse me for listing them.
    Do you want me to add stars to the ones that have been altered too much, or do you want to find out for yourself?
    Might be worth adding stars asreally it would pointless if they are
    altered beyond recognition. It is a shame as most of the buldings
    were great.. Were I live the local ones are the, Regal, Clubmoor, royal
    Ritz and of course Cabbage Hall. Thanks Phil

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    Classic / Cannon - Conway St. Birkenhead. Closed in the early '90s and now a nightclub. Opposite the former Ritz cinema (now demolished). Photo: Mar 2007.


    Savoy - Argyle St. Birkenhead. This cinema became the town's first modern snooker centre and is currently operated by Rileys. This cinema is just around the corner from the Classic / Cannon shown above. Photo: Mar 2007.


    Royal - King St. Wallasey. Opened 1912 although built earlier than this. Closed 1967 and later went onto bingo. The building is now a snooker centre - 'Rocket Ronnie's' and is owned by - or has some connection with - Ronnie O'Sullivan.


    Moreton Picture House - Pasture Rd. Moreton. Built c1920. Closed March '64 and has since run on bingo. Firstly Top Flight Bingo, later Windsor and Top Ten Bingo. Photo: July 2007.


    Liscard Electric Palace, Seaview Rd. Wallasey. Later became a Lennons supermarket and has for many years been a Shoemarket shoe shop. Photos: July 2007.



    Photos of the Capitol to follow. I'm just trying to get all my photos in order.
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    Great pics. Ross and Phillip

    Ross, if you pass by the Royal Duke pub on the corner of Duke St. and Corporation Rd. could you get a picture of it please.
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