Comments about the Futurist

Since starting this campaign I have been overwhelmed at the strength of feeling and level of support that has been shown. Below are some of the comments I have received about the cinema or the campaign

  • This is this a great building that is in word, unique. Watching a movie in a multiplex is so homogenized and bland, you could be anywhere in the world. When I watched movies there, I was a movie goer, not a consumer. Sign and save The Futurist – Neil Carter, Liverpool
  • Too many of our fantastic buildings have been lost, we cant afford to lose anymore. I want my children to be able to see this for real, rather than look at pictures – Craig McDonough, Liverpool
  • I saw many great films at The Futurist (Including the ‘sensurround’ version of Earthquake) and also performed their as part of an art exhibition in 2004 – David Palmer, Liverpool
  • This beautiful building is a credit to the city yet it it is neglected and sprouting weeds. Nothing this ornate and or such high quality will ever be built in Liverpool again – when it has gone it will be gone forever. Also I sneaked in here when I was 15 to see Emanuelle! – Geoffrey Johnson, Birkenhead
  • This building is steeped in history and culture, and the facade should be saved and become a major (landmark) part of the redevelopment, of the Lime Street corridor. – Ray Quarless, Liverpool
  • Because its history. I’m a scouser and love the memories of this site with old photos! Why do we have to get rid of history. Work with it. The council suggested I demolished my little house when I renovated. It’s outlived 3 cyclones! I renovated with it!!!’ History guys! Keep it 🙂 – Laura Barnes, Bowen, Australia
  • I saw “Lawrence of Arabia” there back in 1964-ish… Beautiful auditorium, gave a great sense of occasion to what then was unusual – a wide screen film! Please save this wonderful building! – Maggie Wallace, Liverpool
  • I was lucky enough to work in there for a few days a couple of years ago. It broke my heart to see how the place is being neglected. – Tony Schumacher, Prescot
  • It is a lovely piece of architecture and in a city that is relentlessly losing it’s character to bland modern buildings that look like Lego, it is essential that the facade at least is preserved to help retain some much-needed personality. It could look fabulous…. Renshaw Street still retains enough interesting architecture and could become a street to be proud of – it is not too late, but please start by restoring this lovely building. – Stephen Done, New Brighton
  • We had a similar building here in Dundee which developers knocked down an since then it has lain as an empty space. – Peter Gow, Dundee
  • Though i never attended the cinema during its open years – it was one of my first visions of Liverpool when i first stepped off the train over 20 years ago. Since then has always stood as a beautiful and intriguing building that has been sadly neglected and deserves it’s place amongst the iconic architecture of this city. – Andrew Hooper, Liverpool
  • When Central Station closed I was forced to use Lime St Station & would walk past this beautiful building. I’m so glad I did, I would cross over the road so I could see it in it’s full glory & have photographed it. Please restore it. We need a quirky beautiful cinema as an antidote to all this modernity. I promise you it will be well used! Cinema Paradisio! – Maya Mitter, Birkenhead
  • I would love to see this building restored to it’s former glory. When used as a piece of work in the Liverpool Biennial in 2010 it really captured my imagination of what it must of been like it’s in heyday. Too often now-days iconic heritage buildings are pulled down. We need to make sure this doesn’t happen to this wonderful building so it can cherished by generations both old and new. David Michael, Ormskirk
  • this is an iconic piece of liverpool’s history. if liverpool wants to look towards the future, it needs to take the futurist along. – Andy Gracie, unknown
  • currently live London but working towards returnning to my beloved north west – Intending to be living back in Liverpool within 1 year & want to see my history still there when i get there _ history is for everyone – Kim Stokes, London
  • I grew up going to the Futurist. It was the greatest cinema in Liverpool, and our only 70mm house. – Alex Cox, Ashland, Oregon
  • I am too young to have been around when the Futurist was open but I love the look of the building. There is nothing like this and Liverpool needs to keep some of the character it is loosing by building everything in glass. I hope at some point the Futurist will be re opened brining back some tradition in Liverpool. – Ben Ludgate, Liverpool
  • I’m 23, so far too young to ever have been inside the Futurist, but I’ve found the building enchanting for as long as I can remember. It’s a beautiful facade and as Liverpool’s first purpose built cinema it should be protected, particularly in a city in which the Woolton Picture House is still functioning, a wonderful rarity. – Laura Nichols, Liverpool
  • I used to go to this cinema as a child with my dad. The building is really important historically for Liverpool not only for those of us who live here, but also for visitors. Our history and uniqeness is in the buildings, the Mersey and its people – our future is our identity – the Futurist must be saved. – Delia Brady-Jacobs, Liverpool
  • I saw bedknobs and broomsticks there for my brothers birthday treat. It felt like Hollywood – Lyn Griffiths, Aylesbury
  • This is a beautiful building and with the facade restored would enhance Lime St and show off Liverpool heritage to the millions of tourists the city attracts each year. – David Williams, Wirral
  • The Futurist is part of the Liverpool landscape – fab picture house and would be great to see it opening again as an indie cinema venue – lovely building saw many sensurround movies there and Life of Brian – save this beautiful building and more to the point – someone, somewhere restore it for future cinema goers – Kiefer Wesley-Williams, Liverpool
  • I lived in Liverpool in 1989/1990… I love Liverpool, Liverpool is a beautiful city, please preserve its historical heritage and architecture! – Andre Emanuelle – France
  • It represents a bygone age when Liverpool was glorious and should be part of the new and splendid City – Phillip Worral, Wallasey
  • Did our courting there now married 45 years! – Eunice Connelly – Bebington
  • I am only 24 so I do not remember the picture house when it was open. However, since I was very young I remember being in awe of the building and still to this day think the building is one of the most beautiful in Liverpool. – Laura Barton, Liverpool
  • My late father worked in the Futurist and Scala Cinema’s for many years until he was made redundant when it closed – Barbara Brennan, Liverpool
  • An important building in a key position. The whole of Lime Street needs renovating. – Colin Wilkinson, Liverpool
  • I am only 20 years old so was not lucky enough to experience the Picture house in its heyday but from looking at the pictures it is already a terrible shame that this once grand cinema has become a derelict ruin. It is in a very central place within the city and is an eyesore in its current state. I do believe that it would again become popular, we’re living in an era when vintage is current and the youth of today (me included) would love to experience cinema the way it was intended and the way we see it in black and white films. This is supported by the other Picture Houses around the country which are in keeping with their original look: Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds being very popular amongst students and film fanatics alike. – Lucy Robinson, Liverpool
  • Liverpool, once the second city of the empire and numbered amongst the greatest cities in the world cannot be allowed to lose any more of its heritage. Lime Street has been an eyesore for decades – at least let us do what we can to save those buildings worth saving! It breaks this ex-pat’s heart to see how this jewel of the empire has been tarnished by years of neglect. Long live Liverpool! – Nicholas Dornville, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • We have lost to much of our history and heritage, its time to save our City’s Soul. – Walter Crummey, Liverpool
  • This is part of the history of Liverpool it must not disappear, more and more of the old Liverpool is disappearing if we get the chance to keep something for the future generations we should fight and not let go of that chance, yesterday and today are tomorrow`s history lets make sure the future people of Liverpool can see what made this city great. – Lucy Halligan, Liverpool
  • This is an iconic facade that has so much potential. As a lover of Liverpool history and architecture it would be a travesty to surrender yet another historic frontage to the bulldozer. – Paul Corner, Liverpool
  • I grew up in the ‘burbs of Liverpool (Huyton, then West Derby) and have fond memories of seeing some iconic films in the Futurist as the ’70s turned into the ’80s. To see such an iconic building, with its impressive architecture and absorbing history, allowed to decay as it is shames my home city. Redevelopment isn’t always improvement; restoration is often a better option, allowing our heritage to continue into our legacy. I wish you the best of success. Nick McParlin, Manchester
  • Liverpool is a great city, and it should still aesthetically uphold its cultural significance to the UK, Europe and the world – we must therefore save the Futurist Cinema building. – Benjamin Salmon, Birmingham
  • Unusual facades help to make Liverpool a beautiful and interesting places to visit. Liverpool has so much beautiful architecture, it is renowned for it. It would be damaging to the area to lose such an impressive looking building. – Katie Sudley, Wallasey
  • Although embracing new developments that change Liverpool for the better in the future is important, so is looking to the past. Reminders of how how far the city has come and to those who once existed within it can live side by side in the 21st Century to create something that is unique and respectful to past, present and future. – Kerry Threadgill, Wallasey
  • I grew up with that building and want my children to see it still there in the decades to come. It’s part of our history. Your history, my history and its the future for the next generations to come. – David Brownlee, Waterloo
  • Buildings like this are not commissioned anymore, we need to save any that we have and integrate them into new developments, this would be a wonderful market hall like those we find in southport, why not combine the old with the new as they have done with the new central library? – Sue Plex, Liverpool
  • We’ve already lost so many incredible buildings in the city, which is detrimental to our individuality and frankly our tourist trade. Even if only the facades can be saved we have to conserve whatever we have left. The facade can still look great again, better than anything that can replace it. – David Griffiths, Liverpool
  • This building has and will continue to serve the people of the great city of Liverpool .for decades to come. My own Personal memories are from 3 decades ’60,s 70,s and 80’s, I always look forward to seeing this facade, upon my visits. – Peter Pinnington, London
  • Because my father learned his trade of Cinema Projectionist in Liverpool during the thirties and forties – Alan Smith, Halfiax
  • I think the facade it beautiful and it’s ridiculous to let it go to waste. This would be a real boon to any development and they should make the most of it – in a time of ‘retro’ popularity – rather than scrapping something which can never be replaced. Liverpool is a city which profits from his history and the owners would be daft not to recognise the potential here. – Jocelyn Hughes, Liverpool

3 thoughts on “Comments about the Futurist

  1. My first time in Liverpool yesterday, came in via Lime Street station and after a day of walking around the city one building truly stood out. What I thought was the Picture House, but everyone has known as the Futurist. There was something magical about the building, and my mum and sister agreed – and I believe that my sisters partner has long had a fascination with the place. I’ve given them info and wouldn’t be surprised to find them commenting/signing and giving help if they can. Wishing you all the best in this wonderful venture.

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