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Lime Street Cinemas - The Futurist

The Futurist
The first cinema on Lime Street to show sound films.

This was the city centre’s first purpose built - and longest surviving - cinema, with a 70 year life span.

It had a Georgian style frontage, blue Sicillian marble foyer, and a lift, an unusual feature in cinemas.

The Futurist was the first to show sound films in l926, concurrently with the company’s adjoining cinema, the Scala.

The inside of the Futurist
The cinema was the longest standing in Lime Street, lasting 70 years.

You’d pay 1/10d in the stalls, with circle seats at 3/-d.

In l954, Twentieth Century Fox took it over for the first Liverpool showings of their CinemaScope films.
Extensive alterations were completed without closing - including circle seats raise by 7 inches to improve sight lines, with stereophonic sound from numerous speakers behind a new "Miracle Mirror screen."

"Oklahoma" in the new TODD_AO format was shown there and in l969, a licensed bar was opened in the former circle lounge.

In early l975, it became the only Liverpool cinema to be equipped with "Sensurround" for the screening of "Earthquake" which ran for 16 weeks.

The Futurist closed its doors for the final time on 17 July l982.





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