Liverpool Lighthouse

133 Oakfield Road,
Liverpool, L4 0UF

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Liverpool Lighthouse (Official)

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Previously operated by: Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Frederick Evans, Edwin Sheridan Gray

Firms: Gray & Evans

Functions: Community Arts Center, Movies (Revival)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Gaumont Palace, Gaumont Anfield

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Liverpool Lighthouse

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.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

The former Gaumont Palace photographed in September 2010:
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A street scene of Oakfield Road in January 2009:
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CSWalczak on December 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

If you click on the official website link (above) and then on the Venue panel, you can see pictures of what the auditorium (now called King’s Hall) looks like; there is also a History link on that Venue page that has some historical photos.

John Love
John Love on February 8, 2012 at 4:12 am

I was Assistant then Manager at this theatre in 1956/7 I was invited by the Now Liverpool Lighthouse for a visit in 2005.I took a series of photos and have put a film up on Utube, if you search GAUMONT ANFIELD you can play it. I will always remember my time there

Andypb on August 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

My Grandfather was the manager when the Gaumont opened in 1931. His name was Charles (Charlie) Brown and he stayed there until he left to manager the New Palladium on Lords St in Southport in 1935. Prior to opening the Gaumont he managed the Century Cinema from 1929. I have posted some photos of the Gaumont and the opening programme, as well as the promotional display for Trader Horn which opened the Cinema that week.

rivest266 on June 19, 2021 at 1:30 pm

December 21st, 1931 grand opening ad posted.

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