Many thanks to Frank Baker for this week’s Friday Photo.
Frank kindly gave me a copy of his film Hoylake, Then & Now and among the many super images is the one above of the old Kingsway Cinema on Market Street. I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of the exterior of the cinema before. A bit Art Deco looking to me. The Kingsway opened in July, 1915 and according to wikipedia Art Deco hadn’t become popular until mid 1920s. But I think the Kingsway was rebuilt in 1935 for whatever reason (see comments on the other Hoylake cinema)? A photo of the pre-1935 building would be ace if anyone has a copy.
I think the cinema was built on what was known as Bird’s Yard… yet another Hoylake business operated by the local Bird family.
I’ve published other photos of the Kingsway before… this one and a view of the interior. Over the road, and also with a hint to the Art Deco period was the Kingsway garage. Here’s another photo if it.
By the way, Frank’s film was shown at this years Festival of Firsts (facebook page) and I’m sure you’ll get another chance to see it at some point in the future.
You’ll recognise the building today as your local Home Bargains store (below). I’ve often wondered what’s in those two floors above the ground floor… if they’re empty that’s a fair amount space lying dormant.