I'm sure they were George,but a fair price to pay for a local, cinema! How they've managed to keep going,till now,is a tribute to all involved,and though I dont go to the cinema much,when I do,it's there!
Recently came across the second pic' of two,of the "Palais de Luxe",which was in Lime st,almost next door to the Forum/ABC! The odd thing is,no-one seems to remember it,though It only went in the early 60's!(I think) And, also,that there had been another cinema, with the same name,(which may have been bombed in WW2 ?)for many years before! Anyone here, have any stories, or info'?
pic's courtesy of L.R.O.
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My pa in law remembers it and in fact only mentioned it last week on hol when he was having trouble reading the words to the karaoke song he was singing as the portable telly was that small. He remarked it was like being in the palais de luxe - as apparently it only had a very small screen.
My nan used to talk about the Palais de Luxe.
I just asked my dad .. he remembers it too and says it had a small screen.
The Palais de Luxe started life as a theatre, The Grand Tivoli, opening in December 1908. The name was changed in 1911. Pictures with the bioscope interspersed with acts. When it became a full time cinema is uncertain, but there was no space for the orchestra, which had to be placed on a gallery above the procsenium. The conductor watched the screen through a large mirror! Sound was introduced in 1930, but the gallery remained, unseen by most people.
Although damaged by bombs in the Second World War, a major fire in June 1951, resulted in reconstruction with the modern tiled facade. With a narrow proscenium, it was not suitable for wide screen films and declining admissions forced it's closure on 24 October 1959.
The site was re-developed with shops, a return to it's pre 1847 use, before entertainment buildings.
You take them for granted - until one day they're gone!
Thank you Sirob.
Thanks Sirob,and all,
some great info' there,and looking at the older pic',it does look like a traditional theatre! I wasn't sure of the date of the first pic',but checking the date of introduction of Triumph Herald's,gave me 1959, so that one must be brand new!
Liverpool cinema building up for sale
29 Sep 2009, 15:21
A vacant former cinema and bingo hall at the junction of Park Road and Dingle Lane has been brought onto the market for investment opportunities.
The 13,544 sq ft building is currently subject to agreements with Orange, T Mobile, O2 and City Outdoor which produce a combined rental income of ?51,079.33 per annum.
Orange has a 20-year agreement from 1 July 2002 at a passing rent of ?11,765.04 per annum subject to five yearly rent reviews.
T Mobile also has 20-year agreement from 4 March 2003 at a passing rent of ?11,790.30 per annum subject to five yearly rent reviews.
O2 has 15-year lease from 9 August 2003 at a passing rent of ?15,523.99 per annum subject to five yearly rent reviews.
City Outdoor has agreed a three-year licence from 1 October this year at a passing rent of ?12,000 per annum.
Paul Parker, a principal surveyor at the Liverpool office for selling agents Edward Symmons, said: "Our client is seeking offers for the freehold interest or the rights to the rental income at a guide price of ?500,000."
The property was built in 1937 and includes a basement, ground and four upper floors.
Source: Place North West
Tonights Nostalgia show on Radio Merseyside at 10pm is all about Liverpool Cinemas.
Keeping it real!
LIVERPOOL OLD POSTCARDS AND PHOTOS HERE http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/a...To%20Download/
Ged - I've only just now seen your photo on post #688. Absolutely brilliant, thanks for adding it.
Reminds me of work though...
Anyway, that was the Gaumont Palace, Chester's first 'super cinema' which opened in 1931.
You can read a little about it, and see some pictures, on my website here-
If anyone out there's got pics and info about anything Chester I'd love to hear from them!
Chester: a Virtual Stroll Around the Walls-
The Liverpool Gallery-
The Chester Shop
Chester & Liverpool Guided Walks
Former Granada Cinema, East Prescot Road, Dovecot
Former Clubmoor Picture House, Townsend Lane, Clubmoor
Nice one Ross.
And just to tie this into another popular thread on Yo, The Julia Wallace murder case. The clubmoor picture house is where Lily Lloyd played piano. It was she who gave Parry his alibi she later retracted.
OK, this one's from out of town - but I thought I'd share it with you all anyway.
I came across the former Palace Cinema in Winsford this afternoon...
The Drill Hall in Dingle Lane was built by James Fowles and Sons of Winsford and was officially opened on 26th June 1901 by Lord Dundonald. The 3rd Volunteer Brigade of Winsford used it for their drill practices after returning from South Africa where they had supported the regular troops. By 1935 it no longer rang to military commands and had been converted into the Palace Cinema.
Took this yesterday, the Carlton, Green Lane.
Wonder when something is going to happen regarding this cinema ?? It's been pending for years.
My Mam was a cleaner in the Carlton during the war & used to get a free pass for 2 every month & she took me to see the best films in the best seats on the balcony , like 'The Great Waltz' etc. & the organist who played , sheer luxury . Ron
my contact in planning told me this
An application was submitted in 2008 to develop the former Coconut Grove and Lords P.H., West Derby Road/Green Lane. The proposal was to erect part five/part six/part seven-storey building comprising 80 no. apartments with mixed commercial/retail space (within use classes A1, A2, A3, A4, and B1), together with associated basement car parking and ancillary works.
This was granted planning permission by Planning Committee on 09/09/2008 subject to the applicant signing a legal agreement. This, as yet, is still ongoing.
Is this anything to do with "Maghull"developments,who have more than a couple of stalled projects,at the moment?!
There was once a couple of cinemas in Prescot. Not sure what they were called But found this programme titled The Premier at The Parish Rooms in Prescot. I couldnt find any pics of it, but have found this programme. Also a pic of the site of the old Mayfair cinema in Derby Road Huyton, It is where Boots store now stands, you can still see part of the cinema above Boots.
The former Kwiksave building in Old Swan has just been demolished. The building was adjacent to the Regent Cinema which was independently owned by Wilkinson's funeral directors. In 1926, Robert Wilkinson formed the Regent Cinema Co. and the 1140 seater cinema was opened in October of that year and demolished in late 60's. Does anyone know what the Kwiksave building was prior to being a car showroom? It looks like it too may have been an early cinema.
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I'm doing research about The Commodore Cinema (now Armadillo self-storage) on Stanley Road, Bootle. The research is for my Final MA Fine Art Project - I'm interested in finding out about the building in its use as a cinema - does anyone know of any good contacts or other sites that I could follow up?
All the best,