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Report - The Tudor Theatre and Cinema, West Kirby - August '11

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Xan_Asmodi, Aug 4, 2011.

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    The day seemed to be one of cinemas, which is odd, considering I can count the amount of times I've been in the last 10 years on my hands and I've never explored a cinema before. We checked out three that day. Two over in Liverpool and this on in West Kirby.

    Lew arrived at mine at the usual time of 11am and we where soon out and headed over to Liverpool. The first cinema we apprached we didn't want to be spotted by the guys cleaning cars literally 5 meters away. Right, so off we go to the second cinema. We get on the bus and 20 minutes later are deposited over the other side of the main road from the place. Again some kind of access to the grounds would have been possible, but we didn't want to attract any unwanted attention.

    Another bus back into town then onto West Kirby. I know Lew has recently done a report on this place but I wanted to see it for myself. It beat my expectations actually.

    The Tudor was designed by architect A J Thraves and opened in 1933. I understand it had dual use as a cinema and theatre. It closed in 1965 and shared the same fate as many old cinemas, it was turned into a bingo hall and then later a restaurant. In 1985 it was converted into a shopping mall, but that was closed some years ago. I'm also under the impression that it was used as offices by Wirral Borough Council but I can't find any corrobarating sources on this apart from oral ancedote. West Kirby Light Operatic Society have a page on their site listing the cast and crew of their production of Pink Champagne from 1961.

    The supermarket chain Aldi have applied for, and gained planning permission to build 1000m2 store, but disputes with Network Rail (the site is right next to West Kirby station) over ownership of land have held up progress.

    This problem has apparently been over come.

    The land is currently very derelict and an eyesore compared to the rest of the town. From what I can understand it's "long over due" for demolition. But to put peoples minds at ease Aldi has said it wants to retain part of the mock Tudor frontage.

    I was suprised by the amount of original features remaining :)


    Looking towards the former stage

    Toward the entrance and stalls

    Some original features












    Some cliched shots



    That's it! Hope you enjoyed it.
    The rest of the images are on my website, here

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