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Interior of Abbey Cinema, Wavertree, 1939

Archive reference 39191-12

large plush room with comfortable sofas, domed ceiling and light flooding in through high windows in the dining room at the far end

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The Abbey cinema is an example of one of the picture palaces of cinema’s golden age, whose opulent interiors matched the often sumptuous surroundings projected onto their screens. This view is of the waiting room, leading to dining room. The distinctive light fittings which were peppered high on the cinema ceiling itself can be seen here in detail, giving an impression of their enormity.

The building still stands but like so many of its kind has undergone a change of use.

This photographed was commissioned by the cinema's architect, AE Shennan.

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