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Report - Princess Cinema, Liverpool - March '12

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Xan_Asmodi, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    I'll the him retell the story of the day
    Located in the Kirkdale district to the North of Liverpool. The Princess Cinema opened on 11th May 1931 with Owen Wares in ""Loose Ends". It was on a triangular site at the corner of Selwyn Street and Brewster Street.

    Seating was provided for 760 in the stalls and 700 in the circle. The proscenium was only 28 feet wide, as it was at the corner-apex ‘pointed’ end of the building. It was independently operated until 1958, when it was taken over by the Essoldo Cinemas chain, based in Newcastle.

    When Cinemascope was installed, the screen was no wider than before, and the top & bottom masking on the screen was moved to give a ‘wide-screen’ presentation. The Princess Cinema was closed on 22nd October 1966 with James Coburn in "Our Man Flint" and Kent Taylor in "The Day Mars Invaded Earth". It was converted into an independent bingo club, which closed in 2000.

    The building then stood empty and unused, and in October 2009, plans were passed to demolish and build housing and shops on the site.

    back in the day
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    as it was
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    These days, the place is a shadow of its former self. No work has taken place on the demo, just left in limbo. The only bit of change is that the place has been torched.

    On with the pics...

    The auditorium has been flattened, but at least the ceiling hasn't been covered up with a suspended one.
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    Into the lobby
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    There are still some gorgeous art deco doors in place

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    The projector room is stripped and fucked though
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    Two pictures for John Salomon

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    You would have needed binoculars in the nose bleeds :rolleyes:
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    Makes for an interesting picture though
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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