133 Oakfield Road,
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Liverpool Lighthouse (Official)
Firms: Gray & Evans
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Gaumont Palace, Gaumont Anfield
Located in the Anfield district of Liverpool at the corner of Oakfield Road and St. Domingo Vale. It was formerly the site of the King’s Hall, which had 1,000 seats and operated as a cinema from 1912 to July 1930, when it was closed and demolished.
The Gaumont Palace was built for and operated by the Gaumont British Theatres/General Theatre Corporation and opened on 21st December 1931 with Ronald Colman in "The Devil to Pay" and Wheeler & Woolsey in "Oh! Oh! Cleopatra". Seating was provided for 1,500, with 1,100 in the stalls and 500 in the circle. The proscenium was 40 feet wide, and there was a stage and dressing rooms.
Re-named Gaumont in 1937, it became part of the Rank Organisation and they closed the Gaumont on 26th November 1960 with Burt Lancaster in "The Unforgiven" and "Delta 8-3".
It became and Appleton’s store, followed by a D.I.Y. hardware store. In 1998 it was converted into a religious gospel music & arts centre known as the Liverpool Lighthouse, which has a seating capacity of 430. It re-opened as a community cinema on 3rd December 2022 with a free admission screening of “The Greatest Showman” (sing-a-long version) starring Hugh Jackman.
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