Everton

 

Homer – Great Homer Street

A purpose built cinema with a seating capacity for 1,000, however in the early 1930’s this was reduced to 950 with the arrival of the tip-up seats.

The location was greatly populated and was just one and a half miles away from the centre of Liverpool.

The opening was not advertised in the local press however the first license was granted on 21st August 1914.  It was owned by Edwin Haigh & son 1920 were the admission prices were 4d to 1/-.

The cinema was leased in 1933 and changed hands again in March 1938.

The Homer was one of many older cinemas in the area and with more cinemas being built in the1930’s it was however the longest surviving cinema in the area which was just north of the city.

The closing date was 20th January 1962 showing a double programme with Two Rode Together, starring James Steward and Richard Widmark and
A Question of Suspense. 

The building was later demolished for area re-development.

 

George “I took my 7 brothers and sisters to cinema where his sister worked and all mayhem let lose”

 

“I’m 93 years, we used to earn our own money to pay for the cinemas by collecting jam jars, we’d get a penny for them. The cinema in those days was all we had”

Cinema - Everton - The Homer

 

Roscommon – Roscommon Street

The building that was home to the Roscommon dates back to the late 1800’s when it acted as a small music hall. At the time it seated approximately 600 people between the ground; balcony seats, which were upholstered red; and boxes on either side of the stage. The auditorium was painted in a variety of bright colors, while the proscenium was adorned with the Liverpool coat of arms, and the orchestra pit in front of the stage held eight musicians. Called the Roscommon Music Hall, it opened on the 16th of May, 1892 as a variety theatre for the working class with low prices for those who could not afford the affluent theaters of the city center.

For nearly two decades the theatre was home to music, drama, and comedians. Then, in 1911, with the growing interest in silent film, the Roscommon was reopened as the Roscommon Picture Palace. In 1915 the building underwent heavy renovations as a silent cinema, and again in 1930 the site was upgraded, this time for a new BTP Sound System.

Like many buildings in Liverpool, the Roscommon suffered greatly from the air raids in 1941, losing much of the auditorium to fire damage. The Roscommon stayed closed for the follow 6 years. In 1947, under the control of Duncan Entertainments Ltd, the cinema was reopened after considerable repairs and refurbishment.

As in the early years of the Roscommon admissions prices stayed low and the late 1940’s saw a peak in attendance. However, the next decade brought steady decline and by the 1958 the Roscommon closed it doors for good after a screening of the western White Feather. The building was eventually demolished when the area underwent heavy redevelopment.

 

“We used to call it the Rossy. Loads of kids used to go in those days so when you came out you’d feel part of the gang.
“You’d never see an advertisement for a sanitary towels or having a vaginal enhancement in those days.”

“I’m 93 years, we used to earn our own money to pay for the cinemas by collecting jam jars, we’d get a penny for them. The cinema in those days was all we had”

 

“There was two cinemas where I lived both on the same road one was the Roscommon and the other was the Tivoli”

Cinema - Everton - Roscommon Picture House

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7 thoughts on “Everton”

  1. this is a fascinating site. I have family who lived right by the ‘POP’ cinema on Netherfield road north. I’m still looking for a photo of it.. hope this site can help in the future. great work. thanks

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    1. Thank you David I’m happy you like the site and yes that it the hope that we collect and keep the memories alive as they were such a huge part of peoples lives.

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