SJ3991 : Curzon Cinema, Old Swan

near to Liverpool, Great Britain

Curzon Cinema, Old Swan
Curzon Cinema, Old Swan
Built in 1936, designed by Earnest Shennan, the Curzon was one of the few cinemas where 3D films could be seen. The short-lived novelty of 3D would soon be replaced by Cinema Scope and Magnetic Stereophonic sounds pioneered by Twentieth Century Fox. The grand opening of the Curzon was at 2.30 pm on the 10th October 1936. The ceremony was performed by Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor R.J.Hall. The auditorium has 1750 seats, upholstered in amber and a fully carpeted floor that sloped to a crossover gangway from the main stage. The orchestra pit featured the handsome console of the computer organ that incorporated all the modern advances including the electronics unit. The organ chamber was behind the screen and the large projection room housed two Kalee projectors, Western Electronic wide range sound system, spotlight lanterns and electrical equipment. The prices were 6d, 9d, 1s with reduced rates in the afternoon. The Curzon closed on the 20th August 1960. Following its closure, the building was reconstructed into a row of shops. A similar use of the building continues with the upper parts of the building relatively unchanged from its days as a cinema.
The whole building was demolished in May 2015.
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