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Report - The Regent Cinema, Old Swan, Liverpool, 10/02/2009

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Bovine, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Bovine

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    Seating 1040, this stadium type cinema was opened in November 1926. Taken over by ABC in 1935, the new owners promptly built a 'super' cinema next to it and closed it in 1938, after only some 12 years.
    Subsequently, it was used by ABC as a store for cinema bits, but it became a car showroom in 1959. The last use was as a supermarket, but it was up for sale as an empty building when photographed. Asbestos removal had destroyed almost all its internal features, but gutting the place caused the front wall to start moving outwards, resulting in its demolition last year.
    It outlived the New Regent, which closed in 1967 and promptly demolished!

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    Still looks cinema-ish


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    Screen end

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    Stalls end, the floor was raked to the top of the yellow at the rear

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    Side wall retains a bit of plaster

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    Close up of its former life

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    Projection room(less asbestos cladding) over rear stalls

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    Projection room frame, with stairs opening
     

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