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?