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Report - Canon Cinema (ABC/Forum) Liverpool - March 2016

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by BrainL, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Explore
    Tried this one a few times with no luck at all so very happy to finally get inside! Quite a personal one for me this as it was were I watched my first movie at the cinema (Superman 4).. strangely the place doesn't look anything like I remember it, only the entrance area seemed familiar to me.

    The History
    'Opened as the Forum Cinema on 16th May 1931 with Clifford Mollison in “Almost A Honeymoon”. It was designed by William R. Glen and Alfred Ernest Shennan for Associated British Cinemas(ABC) at a cost in excess of 200,000 pounds.

    A massive six-storey curved Portland stone facade remains a distinctive and highly prominent feature of Lime Street – one of Liverpools major thoroughfares. The foyer was lined with Italian marble. The auditorium, in a semi-Atmospheric style, depicted Venetian scenes, contains an amazing proscenium treatment consisting of a vast curved canopy over the arch and the side boxes. Indirect light light was a feature, except for a huge ‘sunburst’ light fitting above the balcony.

    A shallow stage was provided together with a Compton 3Manual/12Ranks organ on a lift in front of the stage, which was opened by organist Reginald Foort. Because of the relatively small width of the site the 1,835 capacity was achieved by having a huge circle containing 750 of the seats.

    It was re-named ABC from 17th February 1971 and due to its opulence and excellent location the cinema survived intact until 1982 when it was converted to a three screen operation by installing two mini-cinemas under the balcony seating 272 and 217 seats. From 1986 it had been re-named Cannon. It closed on 29th January 1998 with a special screening of Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”, when a special admission fee of 50p was charged.

    There were proposals to convert the building into a conference centre, but these stalled and the building has stood empty since closing. Proposals were put forward in late-2007 to convert it into a ‘boutique’ hotel and supper club, with plans going to Liverpool City Council in July 2008 and if permission was granted, work could start in late-2008. The building remained unused in April 2012. It is Grade II Listed building.'

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    Loving this place at the moment, well done on getting it done.
     
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    mmm, well worth the patience. Looks a cracking place. Good work :thumb
     
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    Fantastic stuff! Walked past this corner hundreds of times without wondering what's inside :')

    This is definitely at the top of my to-splore list.
     
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    Great pictures. my dad used to be one of the managers of this cinema in the 70's and 80's. Pete Robbo's my son who I think you know. Have you ever been into the ABC in Argyle Street in Birkenhead, he used to work there as well?
     
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    Name doesn't sound familiar sorry mate.. not seen the ABC in Birkenhead, might check it out soon cheers
     
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    the ABC in biekenhead was my favourite cinema when i was a wirral teenager , saw krull , raiders of the lost ark and others at that place
     
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    covered it really well. great looking pics
     
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    how did you light up your photos ? they look great @BrainL
     
  10. BrainL

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    Builders lights helped in the main auditorium but all the others are just light painted long exposures mate
     
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    Thanks Scrappy :)
     
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