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.
Moral issues have always been a concern when it has come to films and censorship
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 […]
To research and collect memories of Going to the Pictures we have worked with several community groups, organisations and individuals and would like to thank them all.
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 Stella Cinema a 1920′s gem which accommodated seating for 1200 patrons
The Gainsborough, opened in 1922 and was named after the famous painter Thomas Gainsborough. It was built almost directly opposite The Picture House of Bootle and helped bring about its closure.
The Electric Picture Palace – this image is a coloured postcard showing the old picture house and how Bridge road looked c.1911