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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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    Co of the LRO
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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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