Going To The Pictures

The Queens Picture House South Road Waterloo

The Queens Picture House was the first purpose built cinema in the Waterloo and Seaforth area. It was opened on 17th March 1913 and quickly became a focal point in the area for showing silent films.

Architectural plans for the Queens Picture House

After the outbreak of war in 1914 the Queens Picture House became a popular venue for viewing the latest war reports via the newsreels keeping the local cinema goers informed on the happenings overseas.


As was the case with many Picture Houses at the time, “ladies attending the matinee performances would have been served tea and biscuits on trays during the interval.”

In May 1930 the cinema became equipped for sound and a Western Electric Sound System was installed with the first talkie film being shown on Monday 19th May called ‘Smiling Irish Eyes’.

Plans for vents in the Queens Picture House

Throughout the 1930’s the Queens Picture House was well attended despite competition from the nearby Winter Gardens Cinema and the ABC and GB Circuit cinemas in Crosby. From 1939 when the Plaza cinema opened competition for patrons became much closer and many local cinema goers were drawn to the new ‘modern’ cinema.

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In 1955 the Queens Picture House became equipped for CinemaScope and in the same year the process of showing First run films began with the film ‘Three Coins in a Fountain’ but only survived as a cinema for four more years as the popularity in television grew

In 1959 the Queens Picture House closed on August 22nd with the last film reels shown ‘I only Arsked’ staring Bernard Bresslaw and ‘ Buchanan Rides Alone’

The Queens Picture House closed on 22nd August 1959. The last film shown there was ‘I only Arsked’ starring Bernard Bresslaw and ‘Buchanan Rides Alone.’

The building later became a furniture store which was greatly adapted. Today on the site stands a bar which plays homage to its cinematic past by being named once again The Queens Picture House.


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