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.

In some cinemas admission could be obtained by exchanging jam jars if you had no money. This practice was especially true at the children's cinema matinees where some children would take them to the cinema with jam still in.

Exchanging jam jars for Cinema entrance

In some cinemas admission could be obtained by exchanging jam jars if you had no money. This practice was especially true at the children’s cinema matinees where some children would take them to the cinema with jam still in.

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’

Gender roles portrayed in the cinema where sometimes untrue to life but helped to reinforce stereotypes

Gender roles portrayed in cinema

Gender roles portrayed in the cinema where sometimes untrue to life but helped to reinforce stereotypes

The Liverpool Echo would list over a 100 cinemas each night.  I would travel all over Merseyside to watch certain films.

Advertising of cinemas in the Liverpool Echo

The Liverpool Echo would list over a 100 cinemas each night. I would travel all over Merseyside to watch certain films.

ABC Minors

“Our street gang used to go to the REGAL for the ABC Minors, and we sang our heart out….”we are the boys and girls well known as, the members of the…..” after the song was […]

Children's Cinema shows and matinees hoped to develop young cinema goers into life long film and cinema fans

Children’s Cinema shows and Matinees

Children’s Cinema shows and matinees hoped to develop young cinema goers into life long film and cinema fans

The original building of what was the Palladium Cinema in Seaforth still stands today and has been part of the community for 100 years, having several changes of use. It is currently used as a gymnasium.

The Palladium, Seaforth

The original building of what was the Palladium Cinema in Seaforth still stands today and has been part of the community for 100 years, having several changes of use. It is currently used as a gymnasium.

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