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Report - Futurist Cinema, Liverpool, May 2016

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by stranton, May 15, 2016.

  1. stranton

    stranton the subterranean explorer
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    Sometimes an opportunity arises which pays off,
    not before dodging cars, drunks & hobos on one of Liverpools busiest streets.
    The cinemas in a bad way, as expected considering its been empty for 34 yrs.
    Theres collapsing roofs & floors I went through then twice.
    But theres some nice stuff remaining, the projectors are long gone though
    well worth the effort tho.

    The Futurist Cinema by stranton

    opened on 16th September 1912 as the Lime street picture house,
    the exterior has a ceramic tile façade
    the interior has a foyer of sicillian marble walls & black & white floor tiles while the auditorium has ceiling & wall mouldings
    there was a luxurious coffee shop on the 1st floor.
    The auditorium had a seating capacity of 1029 patrons,
    on 14th April 1916 the cinema became the city picture house because another cinema had the identical name.
    Then in October 1920 the cinema was bought by Futurist Liverpool LTD for £167,000 & became the futurist,
    the cinema was part bombed along with several shops in 1941, but rebuilt soon after.
    Then in 1960 the cinema was bought by ABC for £135,000 but remained the futurist with seating capacity reduced to 870 patrons.
    The cinema offically closed on 17th July 1982, being blamed on recession & the Forum across the roads 2 new screens.
    Few ideas for the cinema have been put forward those inc a bar & night club, but nothing came to be.
    Plans to demo the building & 2 shops were stalled due to a petition to save at least the facade,
    scaffolding had been put up from street to top of facade while the buildings being made safe.
    The scaffolding has since been removed, with demo now imminent.

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    Foyer
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    steps leading to 1st & 2nd floors
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    & from
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    coffee shop
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    Auditorium
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    cloak room
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    stage
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    steps & projector room
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    emergency exits
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    behind & beneath stage
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    above
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    below
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    Futurist cinema & buildings awaiting demo
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    thanks
     

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  2. dweeb

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    Fantastic, great work getting inside with such a short window!

    To be fair to to the council, it does look very rotten in there... circle looks worse that Durham Palladium!
     
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  3. Speed

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    Finally! I'm glad someone made the effot. I was planning to go today but after you said it had gone i didn't bother.
     
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    Nice @stranton glad you got to do it. Looks like demo is wont be long good to see the inside :thumb
     
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  5. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Liking the peely paint goodness in there :thumb Good effort.
     
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  6. stranton

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    the cinemas there for the time being,
    it's the scaffolding that's gone.
     
  7. Choo Choo m8ty

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    Good work m8ty . Very short window but you got it done . Good stuff . Love the old cadbury dispenser lol Sweet
     
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    we had the phillips dp 70 projectors from here in our cinema for over 20 years they are now in the rex berkhamstead
     
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    Take my hat off to you getting this done mate!!! Very glad someone got inside, lost count of how any times I tried this place, wanted it so bad haha :)
     
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    I was eyeing this up on Sunday. Great photos :D
     
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  11. Will Knot

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    Brilliant, cool work and pics mate :thumb
     
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  12. The Kwan

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    Full of charm despite its poor condition, well done mate for getting it done.
     
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    I know we spoke on Saturday but ....a formal ' well done'.:thumb
     
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  14. stranton

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    you seen the Carlton at Tuebrook
     
  15. georgie

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    finally someones done it nice one bud
     
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