WikiWirral Wirral's Biggest Online Forum
Forum Stats
12193 Members
65 Forums
72625 Topics
978659 Posts
74 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
105 registered (3richard, 16 invisible), 1703 Guests and 196 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Trump 1336
Parking Charges 1162
Question Time 517
Something to get a drone off a roof! 482
Paypal help 458
Animal Cruelty in the Film Industry 410
Paper Recycling. ? 402
Problem With Wifi 384
When we live to be a 100 yrs old 362
Tasering Again 320
New General Forums
Cigarettes in Packets of 20's
by granny
04:02 PM
Personalized fines for speeding .
by venice
12:00 PM
Test on old english words
by derekdwc
20th Jan 2017 8:02pm
Jets
by cools
20th Jan 2017 12:14pm
New Wirral History
753 Sea Horse, Unit 9, Wallasey Waterfront
by Norton
18th Jan 2017 9:07pm
What was County Hall, Abbey Street, Birkenhead?
by yoller
15th Jan 2017 1:28pm
752 The Old Manor Club, Withens Lane, Liscard
by Norton
13th Jan 2017 2:20pm
751 Plough Inn, Mount Pleasant Rd, New Brighton
by Norton
13th Jan 2017 1:38pm
351 Prince Alfred 30 Tunnel Road 30 30 to 32
by yoller
8th Jan 2017 7:18pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
fireworks on the Mersey last night
Hadlow train station
Topic Replies
Trump
by CVCVCV
0 seconds ago
Police Convoy
by fish5133
23 minutes 27 seconds ago
Cigarettes in Packets of 20's
by fish5133
28 minutes 1 second ago
Looking to swap an xbox one for a ps4
by j_demo
35 minutes 4 seconds ago
Children's home on the Overchurch
by venice
Today at 05:54 PM
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain
by snowhite
Today at 04:11 PM
What song are you listening to?
by snowhite
Today at 03:59 PM
New icon for sky?
by venice
Today at 02:29 PM
Musicals
by granny
Today at 01:37 PM
January
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Indian/Jazz fusion music Liverpool
by buddy
17th Jan 2017 9:46am
Chinese New Year Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
15th Jan 2017 11:08am
Page 1 of 16 1 2 3 ... 15 16 >
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#183898 - 9th Nov 2007 2:26pm Cinemas *****
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
A couple of days ago I came up & did a little project. One of the jobs I had after I left school in 1952 was as a cinema projectionist. The two cinemas I worked at were the Ritz which was on Conway St., where there's a car park now, next to Argos, & the Plaza in Borough Rd. I didn't go to the site of the Ritz, but visited several others & took pics.
The Ritz was opened by Gracie Fields in 1937, the year I was born. It closed in 1969.
These weren't the only cinemas in town, but they were the main ones. The Ritz & Plaza had Wurlitzer organs, which rose from a pit & were played during the interval.
At that time, the programme would consist of the main feature, a second short feature (what we in the trade called a 2 reeler) & a newsreel & trailers for forthcoming films. The programme always finished with playing of "God Save the King" & it was very rude not to stand for this, or to leave before it finished.
While I was at the Plaza, we were converted for Cinemascope, with a wide screen & extra lenses, called Anamorphics, to expand the film, which was standard 35mm. but had been compressed during filming. These lenses were swung in front of the standard lens when a Cinemascope film was shown. Surround sound too!!
There was quite a skill in maintaining correct illumination on the screen. The light source was carbon arc & you had to keep the carbons correcty adjusted, or the screen would go brown on one side & blue on the other.


Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
rialto.jpg

Description: This Aldi is where the Rialto was. Just up the road from Bebington station, towards New Ferry.

regal.jpg

Description: This is where the Regal was; Bebington Rd. King's Lane is 50 yards to the left. Fairs is behind me & 50 yards to my left. Good Saturday matinées here.

regent.jpg

Description: The Regent, on Church Rd., Tranmere,to the left of the Black Horse. The top of Well Lane is 50 yards to the right.

plaza.jpg

Description: The Plaza was next to the Kingsland dance hall, where the builder's yard is. I'm standing in Harrowby Rd.

plaza wall.jpg

Description: A close-up of the only remaining bit of the Plaza. The pink wall with stacks of bricks next to it. There's a 5 foot gap between that wall & the Kingsland; used to keep my bike there. Projection room was on this wall & the screen was to the right.

savoy.jpg

Description: This was the Savoy in Argyle St.

gaumont.jpg

Description: The Gaumont, bottom of Park Rd. East. You can see the main park entrance in the pic.


_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
Wirral History Advertising
Click me for more Information......


Looking for a Service / Tradesman? Look in our Local Business Directory. Click Me
#183899 - 9th Nov 2007 3:12pm Re: Cinemas [Re: chriskay]
BMW Joe Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 30th Apr 2006
Posts: 12369
Loc: Birkenhead
I didn't know what is now a furniture shop, which used to be roller world on Park Rd. East used to be a cinema.

And I've only just noticed that it is similar in style to what is now rileys in Argyle St.

Thanks for sharing happy

what sort of films were showing?
_________________________
Autowirral.co.uk - The Northwest's Biggest forum of Motoring Enthusiasts.
Cruisewirral.com - The Northwest's Biggest forum of Modified Car Enthusiasts.

Top
#183907 - 9th Nov 2007 4:00pm Re: Cinemas [Re: BMW Joe]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Some excellent information there Chris!

thumbsup

Top
#183911 - 9th Nov 2007 4:30pm Re: Cinemas [Re: MattLFC]
Pomp Offline

Forum Veteran

Registered: 19th Aug 2005
Posts: 5253
Loc: Wirral
When did u them pics?
Is Rileys offering free memberships?

Top
#183913 - 9th Nov 2007 4:36pm Re: Cinemas [Re: Pomp]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Very first line Pomp:

Originally Posted By: chriskay
A couple of days ago I came up & did a little project.

smile

Top
#183921 - 9th Nov 2007 4:59pm Re: Cinemas [Re: MattLFC]
Waddi Offline

Forum Guardian

Registered: 11th Jul 2004
Posts: 4006
Loc: New Ferry
What about the wallasey based picture houses Chris?

good work. didnt know about the bebington ones.
_________________________

Top
#183924 - 9th Nov 2007 5:21pm Re: Cinemas [Re: Waddi]
Mark Online   Reading


Wiki Master

Registered: 9th Nov 2003
Posts: 21002
Loc: Wirral
WOW you have just save a chunk of History there Chris,
I wouldn't have known any of them.

Love the little snippet
Originally Posted By: chriskay
The programme always finished with playing of "God Save the King" & it was very rude not to stand for this, or to leave before it finished.
I didn't know that either.

Where there is buildings left you can see that they "Could" have been cinema's, obvious when you know.

How things have changed no

_________________________
My Avatar images are all from the Wirral Gallery.Click Me
Wow Wirral History is coming along Great! Wirral History

we get +200 new members a month now smile

Top
#183973 - 9th Nov 2007 8:55pm Re: Cinemas [Re: Waddi]
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
Originally Posted By: The_WadFather
What about the wallasey based picture houses Chris?



Never went to Wallasey much. The only one I remember was the Continental, which showed esoteric stuff, like opera. You used to be able to order coffee & they would bring it to you during the interval.
_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
#183974 - 9th Nov 2007 9:00pm Re: Cinemas [Re: BMW Joe]
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
Originally Posted By: BMW Joe


what sort of films were showing?


Everything. all the latest Hollywood offerings & British 'stiff upper lip' films. I remember the first Cinemascope film I showed at the Plaza was "The Robe". Frank Sinatra was making a lot of films at the time; I remember "Young at Heart" with him & Doris Day.
As far as style is concerned, it was all of its time; late Art Deco mostly & a common theme ran through all the chains.

(I've just been reminded, from another source entirely, that the Regal in Bebington later became part ot the Essoldo chain, but I don't suppose any of you youngsters will remember that)!!
_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
#183975 - 9th Nov 2007 9:26pm Re: Cinemas [Re: chriskay]
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
Stop press. Just watching "Dr. Strangelove" on ITV3. Has one of the best lines ever; "gentlemen, gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room"
_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
#183981 - 9th Nov 2007 10:44pm Re: Cinemas [Re: chriskay]
SoundLad Offline

Are you SoNutz?
Forum Master

Registered: 22nd Aug 2007
Posts: 2987
Loc: Birkenhead, United Kingdom
My dads friend mally's ex girlfriends dad and mum used to be the projectionist in Argyle street (used to be called ABC Cinema when they where projectionists) i'll have to ask them if they have some photos of the inside of the cinema and out. smile Be nice to see how it use to look etc.. smile
_________________________
Lee Mills


Top
#183991 - 9th Nov 2007 11:15pm Re: Cinemas [Re: SoundLad]
Mark Online   Reading


Wiki Master

Registered: 9th Nov 2003
Posts: 21002
Loc: Wirral
Yeh that would be amazing.

lol chris quote
_________________________
My Avatar images are all from the Wirral Gallery.Click Me
Wow Wirral History is coming along Great! Wirral History

we get +200 new members a month now smile

Top
#184013 - 10th Nov 2007 12:16am Re: Cinemas [Re: Mark]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
Where the bingo hall in Moreton is, that used to be a picture house. Ill see if I can get some photos of it sometime.

My mum used to tell me when I was a kid what it was like in there, so I will see if I can get any info outta her lol.

Top
#184014 - 10th Nov 2007 12:18am Re: Cinemas [Re: MattLFC]
MattLFC Offline
Wiki Master

Registered: 14th Aug 2004
Posts: 22315
Loc: Moreton/Beirut/Mobile
The building that is centred:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=moreton+wirral&rls=com.microsoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGIH&um=1&sa=N&tab=wl

Top
#184570 - 12th Nov 2007 11:07am Re: Cinemas [Re: SoundLad]
chriskay Offline
Forum Veteran

Registered: 25th Oct 2007
Posts: 4868
Loc: shropshire
Originally Posted By: SoundLad
My dads friend mally's ex girlfriends dad and mum used to be the projectionist in Argyle street (used to be called ABC Cinema when they where projectionists) i'll have to ask them if they have some photos of the inside of the cinema and out. smile Be nice to see how it use to look etc.. smile


Yes, I remember now that it was the ABC after the Savoy.
_________________________
Carpe diem.

Top
Page 1 of 16 1 2 3 ... 15 16 >

Moderator:  Mark 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Cigarettes in Packets of 20's
by granny
Today at 04:02 PM
New icon for sky?
by venice
Today at 11:21 AM
Police Convoy
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 06:51 PM
Problem With Wifi
by Uffda
22nd Jan 2017 4:06pm
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain
by diggingdeeper
22nd Jan 2017 5:03am
For Sale & Free
Looking to swap an xbox one for a ps4
by Matt98
Yesterday at 10:36 PM
Ariston hifi amplfier vgc £35
by montyz
Yesterday at 12:39 PM
Technika 42" smart tv
by vw_kyle
Yesterday at 09:38 AM
LCD/Plasma wall bracket - £10
by DavidB
22nd Jan 2017 2:16pm
Childs solid wood bed
by Mike_Hoylake
22nd Jan 2017 1:01pm
Featured Member
Registered: 17th Jul 2011
Posts: 7560
Newest Members
Helena, ajsmith66, aw2010, Largeloaf32, techgran
12193 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Paper Recycling. ?
by fish5133
19th Jan 2017 11:16am
Paypal help
by venice
17th Jan 2017 8:59pm
Brown Bin Collections Restarting Today 17th Jan
by fish5133
17th Jan 2017 9:04am
Indian/Jazz fusion music Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
15th Jan 2017 11:19am
Chinese New Year Liverpool
by paxvobiscum
15th Jan 2017 11:08am
News : New Topics
Police Convoy
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 06:51 PM
Repose en Paix Gordon Kaye
by diggingdeeper
Yesterday at 06:08 PM
Brides Flown In
by granny
21st Jan 2017 11:16pm
Tasering Again
by diggingdeeper
20th Jan 2017 6:14pm
Trump
by cools
20th Jan 2017 4:16pm
New Enthusiast Forums
New icon for sky?
by venice
11:21 AM
Problem With Wifi
by Uffda
22nd Jan 2017 4:06pm
Trimm Rock Quarry, Cilcain
by diggingdeeper
22nd Jan 2017 5:03am
Animal Cruelty in the Film Industry
by granny
20th Jan 2017 12:00pm
Question Time
by derekdwc
19th Jan 2017 11:27pm
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
New icon for sky? 121
Cigarettes in Packets of 20's 79
Looking to swap an xbox one for a ps4 65
Personalized fines for speeding . 12
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Tue 8:08am
Sunset Tue 4:40pm
Local Time Tue 7:16pm
WikiWirral Can . . . .