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.

A couple’s first date at the opening of the Plaza Cinema in 1939.

Memories of the opening Gala Night at the Plaza Cinema in 1939

A couple’s first date at the opening of the Plaza Cinema in 1939.

Opening in the roaring 20's The Coliseum was a large 1400 seat cinema which had balcony and cafe lounge upstairs for cinema goers to socialise and wait for the silent film screenings to begin

The Coliseum / Essoldo Cinema Linacre Road Litherland

Opening in the roaring 20′s The Coliseum was a large 1400 seat cinema which had balcony and cafe lounge upstairs for cinema goers to socialise and wait for the silent film screenings to begin

Through the memories of cinema going we have recorded for the project, many people have commented on the growing influence America had upon British society through the cinema

The Hollywood Influence on British Cinema Goers

Through the memories of cinema going we have recorded for the project, many people have commented on the growing influence America had upon British society through the cinema

Cinema Heritage Trail Map to print

As part of the project we have produced a specially designed Cinema Heritage Trail Map. 5000 have been printed and distributed locally  - keep a look out at your local community centre, or pick one […]

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.

Typical program from Gaumont Cinema Bootle 1962, advertising films that where to be shown at the cinema during the month of August.

Programme from the Gaumont Cinema, Bootle – August 1962

Typical program from Gaumont Cinema Bootle 1962, advertising films that where to be shown at the cinema during the month of August.

The innovation of sound technology in the late 1920's caused a sensation in the world of film and many cinemas had to adapt and alter to embrace the new technology.

Silent films – then sound comes to the cinema

The innovation of sound technology in the late 1920′s caused a sensation in the world of film and many cinemas had to adapt and alter to embrace the new technology.

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