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The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby maureen howell » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:27 am

Hi Folks
I don't know if the Princess was in Bootle ......but it was very close to Bootle if it wasn't.The Princess changed films on a Monday and Thursday.It was a great cinema because it changed again on a Sunday when it went on to show "THe Bowery Boys"films.My mother took my brother and me to the Princess on a Monday and Thursday....she rushed us to get there before 6.30 as the priced went up after that.We kids took comics for the interval while my mother talked to women.Despite constant pleading my mother would not take us to see the Bowery Boys on Sundays.....she always said "That Leo Gorcey is 40 if he is a day!"Did any other cinema change it's programme as often?
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby Shelagh » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:24 pm

Maureen, good story, must have been a bit of a rush to make the six thirty, but well worth it I would imagine.. two different pictures a week, good going, you must have seen them all... no wonder you didn't get to see the Bowery Boys, you're poor mother must have been all pictured out:)
Have never been in that Cinema Maureen, but think it would have come under Kirkdale rather than Bootle..
Not sure if all cinemas showed two different films during the week, then another on a Sunday..
But imagine it was the same all over..
Consider yourself lucky Maureen,, don't know any kids who got to go to the flicks so often!!
One of the last films shown on The Princess was "Our Man Flint" James Coburn!!
(Sort of inferior James Bond))
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby sheila » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:20 pm

the Gainy did that Monday and Thursdays different film and on a Sunday usually an old black and white film.
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby Elaine Goulding » Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:23 am

Maureen I can remember going to the Princess, cannot remember what was showing and yes it was as Sheelagh says in Kirkdale. You certainly were very lucky going to the pictures as often as you did. I used to go Saturday mornings and the odd time with Mum and Dad to the Commodore on Stanley Road.
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby Patricia » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:33 pm

A group of us girls always went on a Saturday afternoon to the Regal or
the Stella in Litherland then in the evening, we would reenact the movie in the
house of one girl whose parents always went out on a Saturday. It took ages
for us to get started, as we were always arguing about who was going to wear
the Mother's high heeled shoes (she had a particular polka dotted pair that were
a favorite of us all and if each of us got hold of one of the shoes we had to toss a
coin to see who could claim them) which dress and of course, which part.

Those parents never knew what a rich part they played in our growing up. They
always opened their house up to us and the Dad built a Playhouse in the
back garden where we had our own "Club" and used to play paper dolls for
hours on end. Very happy childhood memories indeed.
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby peter c » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:55 pm

[quote="Patricia"]A group of us girls always went on a Saturday afternoon to the Regal or
the Stella in Litherland then in the evening, we would reenact the movie in the
house of one girl whose parents always went out on a Saturday. It took ages
for us to get started, as we were always arguing about who was going to wear
the Mother's high heeled shoes (she had a particular polka dotted pair that were
a favorite of us all and if each of us got hold of one of the shoes we had to toss a
coin to see who could claim them) which dress and of course, which part.

Those parents never knew what a rich part they played in our growing up. They
always opened their house up to us and the Dad built a Playhouse in the
back garden where we had our own "Club" and used to play paper dolls for
hours on end. Very happy childhood memories indeed.[/quote]


How about the "Sun Hall" on Stanley Road?
I lived on Park Street and the Sun Hall was my picture place.
Anybody remember?

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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby Matt » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:53 pm

Hi are you the Peter that used to be on the forum quite some time ago from Park Street and lived next door to my
uncle Sid and aunt Carrie Smith in front of the jam works and just down from the 40th Tank Depot :?:
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby ALAMO2008 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:57 pm

My Love of Movies started in the ABC Minors at Litherland Regal where my Mum and Dad went on their first date in 1943
My first Job on leaving school in July 1967 was Trainee Manager based in Birkenhead at first except for Saturday daytimes when I ran the ABC Minors club at the Commodore Stanley Road on Saturday morning,
then to the Astoria Walton ABC Minors club in the afternoon,
then over to Birkenhead Carlton for the Evening Main Feature,
then last Ferry home to Pier Head and Last 56 bus home to Sterrix Lane.

On my days off I lived in Bootle Gaumont watching Rank/Odeon chain Films, it was my second home.
Loved this place and the staff, who were very friendly.

Went to nearly every cinema in Liverpool over the years to watch movies but never went to the Princess
which was my Mum's childhood favourite
before on 22 Dec 1940 she was blitzed out of her home in Malcolm Grove off Marsh Street, Kirkdale and rehoused to Spooner Ave, Litherland.
Because of that event she met my Dad at the Bus stop there and here I am,
So I have forgiven the Germans for bombing our chippies.

P.S. The Ringtone of the Hotline to the President in "Our Man Flint" which was the first ever digital sound heard in movie history, is now my Ring tone on my Mobile.
The Karate/Kung Fu Flint did in that movie, was taught to James Coburn by Bruce Lee and they became great friends and Coburn was a Pollbearer for Bruce.
"Not a lot of people know that ! "
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby Patricia » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:34 pm

Alan - Interesting to read that your Mum lived in Spooner Avenue as I had an
Aunt Marie that lived there too for many years. I recall a Parrot perched on the high wall when
you first entered into Spooner Avenue, don't know how he stayed there but it was
always a treat to hear him talking when you walked past.
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby filsgreen » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:25 pm

Thanks for your story Alamo. :D
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby awelfryn34 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:41 pm

Princess was in Kirkdale went there as a lad, watched a Hard Days Night every night for a week in the 60's, paid to get in Saterday morning with jam jars, we use to club our money together and one of the gang would get in and then open the fire escape doors by the toilet and we would all rush in in the dark.
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby filsgreen » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:46 pm

That's a coincidence, Alwyn, my friends and I used to do the very same thing in the Odeon. :D :D
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Re: The best cinema in Bootle.

Postby efc46 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:56 am

the Palace Marsh lane great mad house on Saturday Affo
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