This was built on the site of a boxing ring, opening in 1934 as the 2670 seater Paramount and owned by Paramount Theatres Ltd. Taken over by Odeon in 1942 and re-named, it became part of the Rank Organisation. Full stage facilities were provided, including a Compton organ. Closing as a single screen on 26 June 1968, it was twinned, re-opening on 26 March 1969. the format was 2 screens, one above the other. Odeon 2 was further sub-divided into 3 screens in 1973 and the bar became screen 5 in 1979. more screens were added later, but the lot closed when a purpose built 12 sceeen Odeon opened in Liverpool One shopping development.
Most of the interior was stripped out, but following 2 years of proposals for re-use, demolition was authorised. I was permitted a first(and last) look before the work commenced, so here it is!
Original frontage before being metal sheathed
Screen 2 has had a water leak, hence the mould!
Main stairs, the original art-deco handrails are boxed in.
First Floor lobby
Screen 1, with another down the side
Screen 1, but not as built!
Old posters in a storeroom
Screen ? they all look stripped like this!
Original projection room (part)
Silent Plant Room
TV killed the filmstar?
Ladies, do not want the toilet!
Exploring makes you hungry, popcorn anyone?
Once the power was cut, the Boilerhouse started to flood
Arty flooding pic, until my foot went down a hole!!!!!
Old lift gear, from street level to the boilerhouse.
Tea in the (stripped out) Screen 5?
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