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#156622 - 27th May 2007 5:57pm Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's
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The Argyle Theatre of Varieties, opened as a music hall in 1868.

Some of the stage and music stars that performed there were Stan Laurel, George Formby, Charlie Chaplin, and Harry Lauder. Aparantly, Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise also performed at the Argyle Theatre.

The theatre had seating for about 800, with pillars in the auditorium and long, narrow galleries running down either side.

It was one of the oldest music halls in Britain, famous for its lively entertainment and for fostering new talent.

In 1876 the name changed to the Prince of Wales and the theatre was used to present plays. In 1890, the management of the theatre was taken over and was changed back into to a music hall under its original name of the Argyle Theatre.

The Argyle was the first music hall to present radio broadcasts that were aired throughout the Commonwealth; it was also the only British music hall to broadcast direct to the United States on a coast-to-coast hook-up.

In 1896, the Argyle was the first theatre outside of London to present Thomas Edison's Vitagraph Living Pictures. In 1910 it showed footage of the funeral of King Edward VII and in 1911 the coronation of King George and Queen Mary.

Although the theatre showed films and newsreels for a number of years, the main attractions at the Argyle continued to be live performances.

The Argyle was destroyed by fire in an air raid by Hitler's Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain on September 21, 1940.


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#176979 - 4th Oct 2007 6:38pm Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's
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#176982 - 4th Oct 2007 6:47pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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Again Great Work Joe smile

Joe your on the roundabout yeh?
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#177013 - 4th Oct 2007 11:28pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: Mark]
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I am indeed. must of looked a right wierdo lol
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#177071 - 5th Oct 2007 12:12pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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Think I've took this in the wrong place though, as I've been told it used to stand where beaties car park is now

So why is the picture tagged Argyle Street?

Argyle Street looking up the main road? Conway Street.

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#177072 - 5th Oct 2007 12:12pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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I am indeed. must of looked a right wierdo lol
Yes But thanks wink
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#177079 - 5th Oct 2007 12:48pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: Mark]
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Argyle street runs from the roundabout by Birkenhead Central Station to Hamilton Square.

A couple of people have said it was on the location of the beaties car park as the buildings by the Stairways look like the ones in the original
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#177081 - 5th Oct 2007 12:58pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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#177084 - 5th Oct 2007 1:02pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: Mark]
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ahh, you got it then happy

it used to be where the george and the dragon is today
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#177086 - 5th Oct 2007 1:06pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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But i didn't know i had it lol

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#177097 - 5th Oct 2007 3:11pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: Mark]
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will update first pic with yours later wink
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#177105 - 5th Oct 2007 3:45pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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#177361 - 5th Oct 2007 9:20pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: vw_kyle]
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First post updated wink
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#181242 - 26th Oct 2007 12:33pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: BMW Joe]
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My grandmother, born 1888, used to tell me how she used to go to the Argyle regularly. It was one of the finest music halls in the country & all the stars used to perform there.
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#181251 - 26th Oct 2007 1:12pm Re: Argyle Street, Birkenhead 1900's [Re: chriskay]
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Can you remember any of them?
I know we may not recognise any of the names but its History" wink

I wonder what year it was closed and when it was pulled down?
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