Allerton

Plaza, Allerton

With seating for an audience of 1,432 the Plaza opened it’s three pairs of glass-panelled doors on Saturday 31st March 1928 with continuous performance from 2.30pm – 10.30pm.

The Plaza foyer was home to an usual feature, a large basin, lined with blue mosaic and enclosing a central fountain and pedestal, supporting a statuette.

This cinema not only had a cafe but also a nursery, carpeted with pictures of animals, a rocking horse and furnished with settees, where mothers could leave their children with a nurse. They must have felt confident knowing when those big gold curtains opened and tucked themselves away neatly behind rich dark red pelmets their children were in safe hands.

The first ‘talkie’ show was on the 23rd September 1929.  The cinema closed in 1971 and the organ removed.

 

“We used to a Saturday song at the matinee in the Mayfair (different version than the ABC) – It was the glamour of the cinemas”

“There used to be a fish pond in the middle of the foyer”

 

You can play each gallery by clicking on Start, and if you want to see the full sized photograph click on it’s title beneath each photograph.

Take a look at the Flickr album;

Cinemas - Allerton -Plaza (Gaumont, Odeon, Classic, Cannon, ABC)
 

 

Classic – Allerton

The new Classic Cinema opened with the film The Lovers, starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Cox, and Birds of Prey, with David Jensen, on 11th August 1973.   The performances were continuous until 1984, then evenings only except for Saturdays.

The cinema changed hands a couple of times and was also known as the Gaumont in 1950, Cannon in 1986, and the ABC in 1996 when Richard Branson Virgin cinemas took over. finally it closed its doors as the Odeon in 2009.

 

Townsend lane singers of the Saturday Matinee song

 

You can play each gallery by clicking on Start, and if you want to see the full sized photograph click on it’s title beneath each photograph.

Take a look at the Flickr album;
Cinemas - Allerton - Classic

 

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