The appartments were built about 10 years ago.
The Apollo group did a lot to make it more attractive, giving it back a 1930's look and feel that the Unit4 conversion had taken away.
of the site goes back a lot further.
In 1862, the foundation stone of the Egremont United Presbertyn Church was laid on this site, until the congregation moved in 1908.
In January 1910, after some conversion into a cinema, it opened as the Lyceum Cinema. In December 1931 it was destroyed by fire.
In 1933 the 'Gaumont Palace' opened, with 1209 seats - a splendid example of art-deco of the time. The walls were covered in tapestry to help the acoustics. The tapestry's were made in Birkenhead.
In 1967 it was sold by the Rank Organisation to the Classic cinema group, and renamed 'The Classic', but cinema audiences were falling, largely due to the advent of colour tv.
In 1974, it was sold to the Unit4 group, who subdivided it into four cinemas, and renamed it the 'Unit 4', being one Wirrals first multi-screen cinemas.
Audience numbers continued to drop, so the owners divided it into a six screen cinema in 1979, although it was still called the Unit4. At one point, the audience figures were so low that it only screen films on a Sunday and hosted bingo the rest of the week.
From there it went to be the Apollo, described above. Once that closed, it was boarded-up, vandalised and put up for Sale
The manager for a long time was a Mr. Hutchinson (Mr.H). When the Apollo closed, he moved on to manage the Apollo in Great Crosby, which it seems he managed to turn around. When he finally retired was about when the apartments were constructed. He died just a few years later.
The cinema site was not without its share of tradegies, though, through a fire and through a bizarre bus accident.
I'll let you search the site to find out about them..