Going To The Pictures

The aim of the Going to the Pictures Project has been to help preserve a part of our local cinema heritage by collecting and recording memories from people who used and worked in the local picture houses from the 1930's to the 1960's.

Memories are made of this… Project overview

The aim of the Going to the Pictures Project has been to help preserve a part of our local cinema heritage by collecting and recording memories from people who used and worked in the local picture houses from the 1930′s to the 1960′s.

Explore  this map of 21 local cinemas within a 3 mile radius of the Plaza, from 1930 to 1960.

Cinema Heritage Interactive Map

Explore this map of 21 local cinemas within a 3 mile radius of the Plaza, from 1930 to 1960.

paying in with jam jars at the Ranch...

Mike’s memories of the popularity of Going to the Pictures

paying in with jam jars at the Ranch…

The Winter Gardens Theatre / Apollo Theatre – Pembroke Road Bootle

Another early cinema was on Pembroke Road in Bootle it was called The Winter Gardens Theatre and also Apollo Theatre. The building which stood was built in the 1890’s and was originally known as Beaconsfield […]

Jean's cinema memories of dating at the Pictures and the influence of music and not being able to stay in your seat for wanting to dance.

Dating at the cinema, being thrown out, and the influence of music

Jean’s cinema memories of dating at the Pictures and the influence of music and not being able to stay in your seat for wanting to dance.

Pay day pocket money in hand and off to the pictures, and to the ‘chippy’ for 3 penneth of chips - what joy, blown the rest of that week’s pocket money.  My friends and I loved the cinema, oh what Happy Days.

Spending pocket money on our favourite films

Pay day pocket money in hand and off to the pictures, and to the ‘chippy’ for 3 penneth of chips – what joy, blown the rest of that week’s pocket money. My friends and I loved the cinema, oh what Happy Days.

Happy memories of The ABC Minors and dates at the pictures

“We are the ABC Minors happy girls and boys ….and we were”

Happy memories of The ABC Minors and dates at the pictures

The Cinema's of the 1930's to the 1960's were often seen as being a quite luxurious venue for the public to go. They were an important part of the community for socialising and magnificent places of entertainment

The cinema as a community venue.

The Cinema’s of the 1930′s to the 1960′s were often seen as being a quite luxurious venue for the public to go. They were an important part of the community for socialising and magnificent places of entertainment

Photoplay film magazine not only had articles about new film releases it also had articles about  the film stars themselves and their private lives.

Photoplay Film Magazine

Photoplay film magazine not only had articles about new film releases it also had articles about the film stars themselves and their private lives.

Very few original pieces of cinema memorabilia have survived over the years, but through the project we have been able to unearth and scan some great pieces which may have other wise been discared. Here we have a Cinmea Flyer from 1962

Flyer for Bootle Gaumont for the film ‘The Day of the Triffids’

Very few original pieces of cinema memorabilia have survived over the years, but through the project we have been able to unearth and scan some great pieces which may have other wise been discared. Here we have a Cinmea Flyer from 1962