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.

Some students from Crosby High School have helped to create the Cinema Heritage Trail Map depicting the sites of the 21 Cinemas

Crosby High School – The Cinema Heritage Trail

Some students from Crosby High School have helped to create the Cinema Heritage Trail Map depicting the sites of the 21 Cinemas

When the film 'Rock Around the Clock' was released in cinemas the music had people dancing in the aisles and many people were asked to leave the cinema.

‘Rock around the Clock’

When the film ‘Rock Around the Clock’ was released in cinemas the music had people dancing in the aisles and many people were asked to leave the cinema.

Flyer for the 'X' rated film 'A Guide for the Married Man'

Flyer for ‘A Guide for the Married Man’, 1967

Flyer for the ‘X’ rated film ‘A Guide for the Married Man’

The cinema for women from the 1930's onwards has provided an escape from real life and a place in which they could find out about new fashions and trends

Women and the Cinema

The cinema for women from the 1930′s onwards has provided an escape from real life and a place in which they could find out about new fashions and trends

The role of women portrayed on the screen often fell within the stereotypical roles amplified and made up by Hollywood

Female roles

The role of women portrayed on the screen often fell within the stereotypical roles amplified and made up by Hollywood

Patricia remembers The Stella being "a bit posh" and the usherettes going round sprying discinfectant or flit spray during the films in the Palladium

Patricia’s memories of Seaforth Cinemas

Patricia remembers The Stella being “a bit posh” and the usherettes going round sprying discinfectant or flit spray during the films in the Palladium

Built as a theatre in 1890 then moved on to show popular moving images, known locally as 'The Ranch' the building held many interesting memories until it was destroyed by fire in the 1950's

The Muncaster, New Princes Theatre, Strand Cinema Irlam Road Bootle – a.k.a. The Ranch

Built as a theatre in 1890 then moved on to show popular moving images, known locally as ‘The Ranch’ the building held many interesting memories until it was destroyed by fire in the 1950′s

The Picture Palace of Bootle held film show matinees for children on Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm with prices of 1d and 2 d.

The Picture Palace of Bootle Knowsley Road Bootle

The Picture Palace of Bootle held film show matinees for children on Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm with prices of 1d and 2 d.