Precot Picture Palace

Can an old cinema help bring Prescot back to life?

John Sullivan gives a tour of the historic Prescot Picture Palace to ITV Granada “Did you know Liverpool was once known as Liverpool-near-Prescot?”, an enthusiastic man shouted as he crossed the road towards me. “And Daniel Craig spent some of his childhood here,” he continued. I didn’t know either but I was about to learn much more about this small Merseyside town and the exuberant figure approaching me. “Do you know Prescot? I’ll show you around,” he added without catching a breath. It turned out that this was the man I was…

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Abbey Cinema Wavertree

Lidl scuppered by Abbey Cinema listing

The discount supermarket chain is being forced to rethink its plans for a store in Wavertree after Historic England slapped a grade two listing on a building the company planned to demolish.  Designed by architect Sir Alfred Ernest Shennan and built in the 1930s, Abbey Cinema on Church Road North was due to be demolished to make way for a 17,700 sq ft supermarket, part of Lidl’s £1.3bn nationwide expansion strategy.  However, Historic England has thrown a spanner in the works by listing the building, which was most recently used as a Co-op supermarket…

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State Theatre, HK. Photo – Wikimedia Commons

British architects to revamp landmark 1950s Hong Kong cinema

WilkinsonEyre and Purcell have been chosen to conserve and rehabilitate Hong Kong’s Grade I-listed State Theatre The UK duo were selected for the design commission after completing a feasibility study for the restoration project, which is backed by local property company New World Development. The practices will reinstate the architecture of Hong Kong’s derelict State Theatre movie palace while also conserving the 68-year-old building’s mural relief and parabolic exoskeleton truss (pictured). New World Development chief executive Adrian Cheng said: ‘The State Theatre is one of the last standing cultural icons…

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