Grand Casino/Gala Bingo, Southport, June 2020

Help Support Derelict Places:

shaun that kid

Regular Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2019
Messages
5
Reaction score
20
History
Located in the Sefton district of Southport at the corner of Lord Street and Court Street. Originally built in 1923 as a garage and car showroom, it was converted into a luxury cinema in 1938 by architect George E. Tonge. The Grand Cinema opened on 14th November 1938 with Arthur Tracy in "Follow Your Star". The cinema was designed for and operated by an independent operator throughout its cinematic life.

Seating was provided in a stadium plan with a sloping floor at the front (known as the Pit stalls and stepped floor at the rear which was known as the Royal stalls and Grand stalls. An unusual feature was the provision of a balconette which was attached to each sidewall. Seating was provised in pairs all along towards the proscenium. There were decorative grilles each side of the proscenium opening which contained the organ pipes of the Compton 3Manual organ which had an illuminated console on a lift, in the centre of the orchestra pit. The organ was opened by Herbert A. Dowson. In the ceiling was a large shallow dowm which had a central Art Deco style light fixture. There was a cafe provided for patrons.

In 1963 the Compton organ was removed to Cheetham Hill Methodist Church in Manchester, which in later years was moved to Chorley Town Hall. In 1966 another Compton organ was installed at the Grand Cinema which had previously been housed in the Regal Cinema, Douglas, Isle of Man and this was opened by Charles Smart.

The Grand Cinema closed on 2nd July 1966 with Sean Connery in "Thunderball" and Peter Cushing in "Hound of the Baskervilles". It was converted into an independent bingo club, and the Compton organ was played to bingo players at the interval during the first few years.

The Grand Cinema last operated as the Stanley Grand Casino, and from 2007 became the Mint Casino, but this was closed by May 2016 and the building is boarded up in early-2017. It is a Grade II listed building.
Explore
having previously visited back in 2018 the building is even more of a sorry sight, with more holes in the roof and floor than I'd be willing to believe, pigeons have occupied the upper floors and its safe to say the building is very unlikely to be saved at this point, It'll probably collapse in on itself or a arson attack will destroy the building to the point it will demo'd for overpriced apartments.
On a more positive note, there is still alot to see with many interesting areas of the building.
1719070_3ce2b5a2d96782d8f33378dec4a83859.jpg
1719071_615cc03dc914cfa965fefbb4244a3f39.jpg
1719036_ad8979051c27c2f7c4f0425d76843fad.jpg
1719021_b172dd5c03714aded61f8fc0977b4866.jpg
1719038_e7235d04f5825463541fb452847cdf1c.jpg
1719029_eb10b9806b6def03275577d4aed4d641.jpg
1719023_1768c971966d0694513908dded1d0e60.jpg
1719060_fc09b95a6401f37599efc3bcbe30f850.jpg
1719058_0f56c979b52efca3af425fb4d7c4d915.jpg
1719045_a153cd850f341fec76bbeb48292ba5c3.jpg
1719034_19a540256bb1ca6076a48b799172761c.jpg
1719077_90c8686a3b50c5341bc614060a6a443d.jpg
 

BikinGlynn

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2014
Messages
1,830
Reaction score
3,395
Cool that, love the stained glass
 

sukisunbeam

New member
Joined
Nov 29, 2020
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
I see this building nearly every day, never went in it when it was open so it is really interesting to actually see inside. I heard there was significance in the Disney stained glass windows.
Such a beautiful building, shame it has just been left to rot like that
 

Latest posts

Top