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    Default Saturday matinée, the Gaumont, 1953

    I suppose you have to be a certain age but back in the 1950s and early 60s, the Saturday film show aimed at children was a fantastic institution. The films usually had a Hollywood B movie feel to them, with a preponderance of ‘cowboys and indians’. For adults, the 1950s were, at the start, [...]


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    Magical that shot Colin. I would love for somebody to recognise someone on that photo.

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    Nice pic Colin.
    I never ventured that far in my youth.
    I do remember going to my local cinema "The New Regent" in Old Swan though for a Saturday Matinee
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    My neck o' the woods again Colin

    Frequented often by the lads n girls of Gerard Gardens - cheaper than the Odeon across London Road.

    I went there when it became a snooker hall too just before it closed altogether and was demolished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hmtmaj View Post
    I never ventured that far in my youth.
    You don't venture that far now!

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    Aye. The Wheatsheaf.
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    I never ventured that far in my youth.
    Some kids got scared of going the top of their street.

    4 of uswent eveywhere....NewBrighton,Blundel Sands,Ainsdale Beach,SpekeHall ect,ect unattended by adults.

    My Cinema was at the bottom of Mere Lane,so didn't need to go into town...anyone remember the name of the cinema? we used to call it the pit,but that wasn't it's real name as it got it's nickname from the park opposite ie the pit

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    Hi George,

    It was the Mere Lane Picture House - the last Liverpool cinema opened in World War 1. It closed in September 1963.

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    It was the Mere Lane Picture House
    Cheers Colin,but I don't think it closed in 63 as I wouldn't have been able to go in there prior to its closure ie I was not old enough.

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    The one on Nethy should've been nearer for you George.
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    The one on Nethy should've been nearer for you George.
    Ah but they got movies after Mere Lane(Flea Pit) had already shown them,plus sometimes we got in free via the fire exit in the Mere.

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    Ah free entry. I see a common theme building up here. Samp got free food at the Seaman's orphanage meeting monday night. Mart gets free drinks at Yo meet ups. I wonder why all the interest in these things.
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    St Domingo pit. The picture house is still there isn't it. Became a bingo - as they all do
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    Yeah its still standing as is the Lamp in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Yeah its still standing as is the Lamp in the middle.
    Anyone remember the Gents public toilet at the junction of Mere Lane and Robson Street, ? got demolished early 80s.

    The owners of the old picture house are renting it out as a mobile phone mast site, not a bad way to earn a living.

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    The pic on the first page Colin is the Gaumont at Brougham Terrace on West Derby Road. Brought to my attention by somebody. I should have known that it didn't have 2 arches like that. I sheltered under the canopy enough times.
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    We come along on a Saturday morning
    greeting every one with a smile tra la la
    Was a Gaumont smiler at the Rialto. Upper Parliament St

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    The pic on the first page Colin is the Gaumont at Brougham Terrace on West Derby Road. Brought to my attention by someone. I should have known that it didn't have 2 arches like that. I sheltered under the canopy enough times.
    Thats not the one by brougham Terrace Ged,Brougham Terrace had a square opening...oh JB there was also Gents Toilets in the middle of the road opposite the cinema on BoughamTerrace as well.

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    When I lived in Mozart Street ,off Lodge Lane, our cinema going was spread between the Playhouse at the top of Smithdown Road, The Cameo, further down Smithdown, the Tunnel, opposite Edge Hiil station and the Capitol. There were three of us ,my elder sister Jess ,and my younger sister Bette. That way we could have birthdays every three weeks ,rotating between the cinemas, my elder sister was a genius at shuffling the dates around so that there would be weeks between one of us going on stage to receive the birthday goodies at the Saturday matinees. Remember the sing songs? Great days and good times, we boys would tie the sleeves of our macs around our necks so that the coat became a cloak and we would gallop out of the cinema on our imaginary steeds ,slapping our back sides as we rode the Lodge Lane prairie.Tom Mix and Johnny Mack brown, where are you riding to now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Thats not the one by brougham Terrace Ged,Brougham Terrace had a square opening...oh JB there was also Gents Toilets in the middle of the road opposite the cinema on BoughamTerrace as well.
    I can assure you as best I can via my source that it certainly is George. Officially called the Savoy but owned by Gaumont (though never called it)

    Like the Derby on Scottie, the ground floor was converted to a car showroom with a large picture window.
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    Ged, the photograph clearly has Gaumont branding. The savoy was a Rank cinema and was not owned by Gaumont (see Harold Ackroyd's Picture Palaces - the rather poor exterior photograph does not match either).

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    I'm sure when the chap who emailed me sees this he will be back in touch. In the meantime, I will state that the late Harold Ackroyd does unfortunately have a number of mistakes in his book, so please never take that publication as gospel.
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    The one off London Road was the Gaumont and then became the snooker hall as Collin pointed out,been for many a game there meself.

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    Yes, there were a few Gaumonts though and a few owned by Gaumont but called another name (ie The Savoy, Brougham Terrace)

    It has already been established that Colin's picture is not of the Gaumont, Camden Street. I was so taken with trying to see if I recognised any of the kids to look properly at the facia and took the title at face value which I shouldn't have.
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    The one I'mon about in the early 60's was situated in between the bank on the corner and Gregsons Well pub ie it was smack bang in the middle.

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    I don't remeber this one so I'm off the beaten track with you and Clin,Ged
    http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?im...26tbs%3Disch:1

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    That's the very one on Colin's pic, heavily altered - apparently?
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    Well Ged,I'm afraid I'm still with Collin about it being in Camden Street as those steps and doors fit in with when I played snooker in the early hours of de morninin the place.

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