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.

The fantastic five storey building was built in 1911 as a theatre and described as “artistic throughout”

The Metropole Stanley Road Bootle

The fantastic five storey building was built in 1911 as a theatre and described as “artistic throughout”

Souvenir Film Brochures were widely sold at cinemas during the initial release of what at the time were described as film "Epics" they helped promote the film and usually contained details of the cast, how the film was made and also assorted stills from the film.

Souvenir Brochures from Cinemas (1)

Souvenir Film Brochures were widely sold at cinemas during the initial release of what at the time were described as film “Epics” they helped promote the film and usually contained details of the cast, how the film was made and also assorted stills from the film.

Flyers distributed in cinemas were a popular way to advertise forthcoming features.

Flyer for ‘The Inspector,’ 1962

Flyers distributed in cinemas were a popular way to advertise forthcoming features.

Crosby High Students at Sefton Records Office viewing old maps and photographs to see how the area and community has changed over the years and where the Picture Houses in the area once stood.

Crosby High Visit to Sefton Records Office

Crosby High Students at Sefton Records Office viewing old maps and photographs to see how the area and community has changed over the years and where the Picture Houses in the area once stood.

Boys could get into all kinds of trouble with a catapult in a cinema.

No catapults in the Cinema

Boys could get into all kinds of trouble with a catapult in a cinema.

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

The cinema has provided a popular venue for dating and through the 30’s to the 60’s was the first choice for many first dates and courting couples who would often head for the back row.

Hugging and kissing in the back row of the movies

The cinema has provided a popular venue for dating and through the 30’s to the 60’s was the first choice for many first dates and courting couples who would often head for the back row.

The Broadway Cinema - Stanley Road Bootle

The Picture House / Broadway / Gaumont / Odeon – Stanley Road, Bootle.

The Broadway Cinema – Stanley Road Bootle