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.
At the project launch event memories from cinema goers were collected in a number of ways. view some of the old style film bill posters created at the launch event
The Regent Cinema was the first suburban cinema in the area to have a cafe lounge installed when it was built in 1920, over the years the building has had several uses including a bingo and social club. It is now part of St Mary’s School Gymnasium.
Watch some more short clips from people sharing their memories of the Children’s Cinema Matinees of the 1930′s to 60′s
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.
The Plaza Cinema is one of only two remaining period cinemas in Liverpool
The project has been very fortunate in having several people who have come forward with items or collections of cinema memorabilia. Volunteers through the project have helped to scan and digitize materials.
paying in with jam jars at the Ranch…
The fantastic five storey building was built in 1911 as a theatre and described as “artistic throughout”