Classic Allerton

194 Allerton Road,
Liverpool, L18 5HU

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Previously operated by: Classic Cinemas (UK), Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Arthur Ernest Shennan

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Plaza Cinema, Gaumont, Odeon

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Classic Cinema Allerton

Located in the Allerton district of Liverpool at the corner of Allerton Road and Garthdale Road. The Plaza Cinema was opened on 31st March 1928 with Adolph Menjou in “Sorrows of Satan”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. Although built for the J.F. Wood circuit, it was taken over at opening by the General Theatre Corporation(GTC) chain, which was a subsidiary of Gaumont British Theatres(GB). In August 1928, a Wurlitzer organ was installed, which was an instrument transferred from the London Paladium, and was opened by organist Reginald Foort.

An RCA sound system was installed in September 1929, the first talkie to be screened was “The Valiant” starring Paul Muni.

The Plaza Cinema was re-named Gaumont on 11th September 1950. CinemaScope was installed in December 1954 when Tony Curtis in “The Black Shield of Falworth” became the first film in that ratio to be screened here. On 25th November 1962 it was re-named Odeon by the Rank Organisation.

One of many Rank cinemas taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain in December 1967, it was re-named Classic and was closed on 10th April 1971 with Peter Sellers in “A Shot in the Dark” and “The Hills Ran Red”.

The building was demolished and a shopping centre was built on the site, which included a new 493-seat Classic Cinema that opened in July 1973. It later operated as the Cannon, Virgin, ABC and finally Odeon, closing in February 2009. (It has its own page on Cinema Treasures)

Contributed by Ken Roe

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drb on June 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm

George Harrison stated in the Anthology book (page 97), “I remember once sitting with Paul in the cinema on the corner of Rose Lane, not far from where he lived, near Penny Lane. They showed an ad for Link Furniture: ‘Are you thinking of linking?’ Paul said, ‘Oh, that would make a good song,’ and he wrote one that went, ‘Thinking of linking my life with you’.” [As heard in a jam between Paul, George, and Ringo on the Anthology DVD.]

So, George Harrison remembered it on the corner of Allerton and Rose Lane, one block from Garthdale.

drb on June 13, 2019 at 8:38 pm

Okay, the Plaza looks to have been at 194 Allerton, while the smaller Odeon was next door, possibly 180 Allerton.

There are more photos on Flickr, including this one:

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