Tudor Cinema

Grange Road,
West Kirby, CH48

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Architects: Alfred John Thraves

Functions: Retail

Styles: Tudor Revival

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Tudor Cinema

Located in West Kirby, near Birkenhead, Meseyside, on the corner of Grange Road, Bridge Road and Riversdale Road. It was built on the site of the Queens Cinema, which was destroyed by fire in February 1932. The Queens Cinema had been the public Hall, built in 1897. The stage area and side walls of the Queens Cinema were retained in the new building.

The first film to be projected at the Tudor Cinema was Sydney Howard in “Night of the Garter” on 4th December 1933. This was shown on Kalee eight machines. The hall was called the Tudor Cinema because of its Tudor style exterior. The architect was Alfred J. Thraves of Nottingham, and it was owned by Kemp and Wilkinson of Nottingham. A fire broke out in 1949, destroying several items. One admired feature lost was the heavy appliqued gold satin curtain.

In 1951 ownership passed to Spring Theatres (Cheshire) Ltd., run by a Mr John Watts. The final screening was on 30th January 1965 with the showing of Kim Stanley in “Seance on a Wet Afternoon”. It became a bingo club, a restaurant, then a shopping arcade. It was ‘For Sale’ in 2013. The auditorium was demolished and an Aldi supermarket was built on the site. The facade and former foyer were retained and are in use as a Bernardo’s charity shop.

Contributed by DAVID A ELLIS

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Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on January 12, 2020 at 11:57 am

“Warwick” is a bit of a mystery, unless it had something to do with the conversion into retail units in 1985.
It wasn’t there before.

Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on January 12, 2020 at 12:03 pm

In 1985 it was converted into a shopping mall, but that was closed some years ago (before 2010 when it was said it was due for demolition and would be replaced by an Aldi store.

Edit, March 2013.
Still standing, and on the market.

Edit. 2015. The facade survives, as a Barnardo’s shop. The body of the former cinema has been demolished with an Aldi store there with its entrance and car park this side of the retained facade.

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