Then & Now

1937-2018. The Gaumont theatre, Liverpool. Aptly named due to having housed Britain’s first Gaumont projectomatic system which led the way for modern cinema at the time. With 1,500-seats the theatre was built to replace the Dingle Picturedrome, and operated until 1966 when single screen cinemas essentially became outdated overnight. It has been derelict now for just over two decades, and with the building not being listed, the only reason it's survived this long is the fact that mobile phone operators continue to use the old projector room and have masts on the roof, whilst the curved exterior wall shines billboard adverts at drivers heading into the city. Not an entirely dignified existence by any means.