Abbey Cinema, Wavertree, waiting room, leading to dining room, 1939

Stewart Bale collection online exhibition

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

The Abbey cinema is an example of one of the picture palaces of cinema’s golden age, whose opulent interiors (see the waiting room above) matched those of the often sumptuous surroundings projected onto their screens. 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.

The architect AE Shennan also designed the Curzon cinema featured in the previous photograph in this online exhibition.