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Report - Canon Cinema (ABC/Forum) Liverpool - March 2016


BrainL

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The Explore
Tried this one a few times with no luck at all so very happy to finally get inside! Quite a personal one for me this as it was were I watched my first movie at the cinema (Superman 4).. strangely the place doesn't look anything like I remember it, only the entrance area seemed familiar to me.

The History
'Opened as the Forum Cinema on 16th May 1931 with Clifford Mollison in “Almost A Honeymoon”. It was designed by William R. Glen and Alfred Ernest Shennan for Associated British Cinemas(ABC) at a cost in excess of 200,000 pounds.

A massive six-storey curved Portland stone facade remains a distinctive and highly prominent feature of Lime Street – one of Liverpools major thoroughfares. The foyer was lined with Italian marble. The auditorium, in a semi-Atmospheric style, depicted Venetian scenes, contains an amazing proscenium treatment consisting of a vast curved canopy over the arch and the side boxes. Indirect light light was a feature, except for a huge ‘sunburst’ light fitting above the balcony.

A shallow stage was provided together with a Compton 3Manual/12Ranks organ on a lift in front of the stage, which was opened by organist Reginald Foort. Because of the relatively small width of the site the 1,835 capacity was achieved by having a huge circle containing 750 of the seats.

It was re-named ABC from 17th February 1971 and due to its opulence and excellent location the cinema survived intact until 1982 when it was converted to a three screen operation by installing two mini-cinemas under the balcony seating 272 and 217 seats. From 1986 it had been re-named Cannon. It closed on 29th January 1998 with a special screening of Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”, when a special admission fee of 50p was charged.

There were proposals to convert the building into a conference centre, but these stalled and the building has stood empty since closing. Proposals were put forward in late-2007 to convert it into a ‘boutique’ hotel and supper club, with plans going to Liverpool City Council in July 2008 and if permission was granted, work could start in late-2008. The building remained unused in April 2012. It is Grade II Listed building.'

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The Wombat

Mr Wombat
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mmm, well worth the patience. Looks a cracking place. Good work :thumb
 

APlaceForStuff

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Fantastic stuff! Walked past this corner hundreds of times without wondering what's inside :')

This is definitely at the top of my to-splore list.
 

ALAN ROBERTS

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Great pictures. my dad used to be one of the managers of this cinema in the 70's and 80's. Pete Robbo's my son who I think you know. Have you ever been into the ABC in Argyle Street in Birkenhead, he used to work there as well?
 

BrainL

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Great pictures. my dad used to be one of the managers of this cinema in the 70's and 80's. Pete Robbo's my son who I think you know. Have you ever been into the ABC in Argyle Street in Birkenhead, he used to work there as well?
Name doesn't sound familiar sorry mate.. not seen the ABC in Birkenhead, might check it out soon cheers
 

scotty markfour

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Great pictures. my dad used to be one of the managers of this cinema in the 70's and 80's. Pete Robbo's my son who I think you know. Have you ever been into the ABC in Argyle Street in Birkenhead, he used to work there as well?
the ABC in biekenhead was my favourite cinema when i was a wirral teenager , saw krull , raiders of the lost ark and others at that place
 

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