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 Lathom was a Picture house, now over 100 years later it plays homage to its cinematic roots and is decorated with film and music memorabillia.

The Lathom Hall Picture Palace

The Lathom was a Picture house, now over 100 years later it plays homage to its cinematic roots and is decorated with film and music memorabillia.

The increased popularity in televisions in the home helped bring about the demise of regular cinema going.

The Advance of Television

The increased popularity in televisions in the home helped bring about the demise of regular cinema going.

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…

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

The impact that cinema has had on society had been quite remarkable. Film  is an art form that entertains, informs and provides a view of the world. Before the days of instant news and film on demand the cinema was a place for entertainment, news and information.

Cinema and Society – Overview and news shown at the Cinema through Newsreels

The impact that cinema has had on society had been quite remarkable. Film is an art form that entertains, informs and provides a view of the world. Before the days of instant news and film on demand the cinema was a place for entertainment, news and information.

Moral issues have always been a concern when it has come to films and censorship

The cinema and morality

Moral issues have always been a concern when it has come to films and censorship

Cinema programs were freely available within cinemas and used to promote forth coming films and local buisinesses. Here we have an original copy of a program from the Bootle Odeon for June 1963

Programme for Bootle Odeon June 1963

Cinema programs were freely available within cinemas and used to promote forth coming films and local buisinesses. Here we have an original copy of a program from the Bootle Odeon for June 1963

The films watched at the childrens cinema matinees would absorb and excite many children watching  from the 1930's to 60's and would  influence the games that the children played

Playing games relating to films and film stars

The films watched at the childrens cinema matinees would absorb and excite many children watching from the 1930′s to 60′s and would influence the games that the children played