Gaumont Cinema, Dingle

The Gaumont Cinema is situated on Park road Dingle in Liverpool it was built and opened in 1937 and housed Britain’s first Gaumont projectomatic system. This is a cinema system that automatically changed film reels and controlled the lights.
The 1,500-seat Gaumont was designed by WE Trent, the chief architect for the Gaumont-British group, with a specific curved frontage to follow the shape of the corner of Park Road and Dingle Lane
The art deco building was built to replace the Dingle Picturedrome. After the Gaumont theatre was decommissioned it was turned into a bingo hall.
The cinema also boasted an impressive Wurlitzer organ which is currently in a Manchester museum.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows played here in 1961 apparently.
In the 1960s, the building, which is not listed, was turned into a bingo hall.
Mobile phone operator 02 use the old projector room and have masts on the roof.


Massive Thanks to Georgie for spotting an opportunity to see inside and giving me the lead for this, Thanks again m8









13 comments:

  1. eerie, I love this building, and wondered what it looks like inside now.

    Cheers,

    Meg

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  2. Spent two years here bdetween 1987 and 1989 as General Manager of the Top Rank Club, and remember us re-furbishing the building in the pastel colours. Re-launched with the Bachelors and Billy Ellis on the Wurlitzer

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  3. I would love to help reform this place and reopen it

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  4. This old building is said to be haunted. It featured on TV show Most Haunted.

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  5. my mum worked there as an usherette in 1968,a movie poster from there of "bullitt" now hangs on my wall.

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  6. I've notice the sale/auction sign has now gone, I seen two men trying to gain access to the building today, I just hope this iconic building has not been purchased so that the new owners can turn it into flats.

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  7. Great blog. I noticed the for sale/auction sign myself with being local to the area. I did see it had been sold by auction but since August, nothing has changed. I've not so much seen a Munster of movement, It's a shame that the council is willing to let iconic buildings fall into disrepair, whilst still continue to fund builds for monumental amounts of student accommodation and empty office blocks, I suppose the building isn't council owned but surely more should be done for the community.

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  8. Love to know who owns this building would love to use it for a future project that would benefit the area x

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  9. I remember going to the Saturday matinees for kids during the 60s. Noisy lot, but I loved watching the movies in this iconic building.

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  10. "Anonymous22 October 2013 at 14:38
    This old building is said to be haunted. It featured on TV show Most Haunted"

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    Do you know which episode this was? Would be interesting to see it

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  11. I use to go there every weekend , I won a best pet copetition 1966, and we use to sing on stage in the interval of film , it was great loved going there with me mates hope they restore it

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  12. This building is on the corner of my street, and since I was a kid, I've always wanted to get inside and explore it as it's said to be one of the most haunted places in Liverpool

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  13. Just watching Episode Three of the Beatles Anthology and Ringo said he used to go to the Gaumont in Liverpool all the time. Guessing this is the one.

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