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Report - The Grand Casino/Cinema - February 2018

The Man In Black

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
I originally came across this building nearly 5 years ago when a local metal band I played bass told me about it just as I was getting into exploring I checked it out solo but no way in then again in 2016 still no way in then last year it was finally open I got a few pics and that was that then a had a revisit a couple of weeks later and the same day it was set on fire and sealed again fast forward to the weekend me and @Vulex thought we'd pay the place another visit see if there was a way in and what the damage, the place is taking in a lot of water and I fear its gonna start collapsing in parts and quite possibly the floor too, the cellar starting to look like the royal full of water also the place is in total darkness in the main room.

The History Part

Located in the Sefton district of Southport at the corner of Lord Street and Court Street. Originally built in 1923 as a garage and car showroom, it was converted into a luxury cinema in 1938 by architect George E. Tonge. The Grand Cinema opened on 14th November 1938 with Arthur Tracy in "Follow Your Star". The cinema was designed for and operated by an independent operator throughout its cinematic life.

Seating was provided in a stadium plan with a sloping floor at the front (known as the Pit stalls and stepped floor at the rear which was known as the Royal stalls and Grand stalls. An unusual feature was the provision of a balconette which was attached to each sidewall. Seating was provised in pairs all along towards the proscenium. There were decorative grilles each side of the proscenium opening which contained the organ pipes of the Compton 3Manual organ which had an illuminated console on a lift, in the centre of the orchestra pit. The organ was opened by Herbert A. Dowson. In the ceiling was a large shallow dowm which had a central Art Deco style light fixture. There was a cafe provided for patrons.

In 1963 the Compton organ was removed to Cheetham Hill Methodist Church in Manchester, which in later years was moved to Chorley Town Hall. In 1966 another Compton organ was installed at the Grand Cinema which had previously been housed in the Regal Cinema, Douglas, Isle of Man and this was opened by Charles Smart.

The Grand Cinema closed on 2nd July 1966 with Sean Connery in "Thunderball" and Peter Cushing in "Hound of the Baskervilles". It was converted into an independent bingo club, and the Compton organ was played to bingo players at the interval during the first few years.

The Grand Cinema last operated as the Stanley Grand Casino, and from 2007 became the Mint Casino, but this was closed by May 2016 and the building is boarded up in early-2017. It is a Grade II listed building.

What it use to look like

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The main room now

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The foyer

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Some nice tiled flooring locked away

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The rest of the place

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Thanks for viewing
 

Speed

Got Epic?
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Moderator
#11
Has this one been around for years or is it a recent closure? I'm sure I had a photo from a cinema years ago that looked just like this but could never work out where it was taken..
 

The Man In Black

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#12
Has this one been around for years or is it a recent closure? I'm sure I had a photo from a cinema years ago that looked just like this but could never work out where it was taken..
the main part has been closed for some time whilst the casino part closed much later, this is southport which I forgot to add to the title