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Report - Gaumont Cinema Dingle Liverpool November 2011

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by kevsy21, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. kevsy21

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    The Gaumont Cinema is situated on Park road Dingle in Liverpool it was built and opened in 1937 and housed Britain’s first Gaumont projectomatic system. This is a cinema system that automatically changed film reels and controlled the lights.
    The 1,500-seat Gaumont was designed by WE Trent, the chief architect for the Gaumont-British group, with a specific curved frontage to follow the shape of the corner of Park Road and Dingle Lane
    The art deco building was built to replace the Dingle Picturedrome. After the Gaumont theatre was decommissioned it was turned into a bingo hall.
    The cinema also boasted an impressive Wurlitzer organ which is currently in a Manchester museum.
    Cliff Richard and The Shadows played here in 1961 apparently.
    In the 1960s, the building, which is not listed, was turned into a bingo hall.
    Mobile phone operator 02 use the old projector room and have masts on the roof.

    Massive Thanks to Georgie for spotting an opportunity to see inside and giving me the lead for this, Thanks again m8:thumb
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    The Foyer
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    Heading in the main section.
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    The old bar area when it was a Bingo Hall.
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    Seems like the side rooms were used for kids clubs,etc.
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    All seats were removed years ago.
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    The view from the top step.
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    Some old organ or keyboard?
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    Thanks For Looking.​
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