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Report - - Futurist Cinema, Liverpool, May 2016 | Theatres and Cinemas | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - Futurist Cinema, Liverpool, May 2016


stranton

subterranean explorer
Regular User
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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dweeb

Super Moderator
Regular User
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!
 

coolboyslim

Mr Reality Hacker
28DL Full Member
Good work m8ty . Very short window but you got it done . Good stuff . Love the old cadbury dispenser lol Sweet
 

BrainL

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
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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