Before the age of 3D films and multiplexes, we cheered like mad for the ABC Minors Matinee and were gripped by the serial adventures of Flash Gordon. There were 'flea pits' and, of course, there were Saturday nights at the movies - where sometimes the films didn't even matter. Many friendships grew there - courtships were made. Dreams were captured and built upon for generations. This tribute is a nostalgic look at Liverpool's great cinemas of yesteryear and the legendary names that lit up their lights, celluloid heroes and heroines from home and abroad that we all queued up to watch on the flickering screen. The grand old buildings, with their red carpets, sweeping velvet curtains and marble halls, all had powerful names: The Futurist, Trocadero, Paramount, Scala, Tatler, Gaumont, The Majestic ...the list goes on. Architectural wonders that were the centre of our social world in the last century, many now tragically lost to modern retail outlets. This 84-page magazine is a picture-programme with a difference, packed with cinema photographs from the archives of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, Liverpool Records Office and National Museums Liverpool. Featuring movie memories and commentary from actors, directors, film critics and buffs, including Colin McKeown, Louis Emerick, Suzanne Collins, Ken Dodd, Johnny Kennedy, Mike McCartney, Billy Butler, Les Dennis and Maureen Sinclair, The Lost Cinemas of Liverpool pays homage to the classic picturehouses we grew up with and will never forget. My ambition is to buy a supermarket and turn it into a cinema.A" Colin McKeown, award-winning film producer, LA Productions.
Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales
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