A photograph of the cinema taken in 1954
In 1954 ‘Twentieth Century Fox’ leased The Futurist & showed cinema scope films for the 1st time in Liverpool showing wide screen movies, this was until 1960 when they relinquished control & ABC took it over for £135,000, they spent a further £50,000 on upgrades, reducing the seating capacity to 870.
A photograph of the cinema taken in 1963
ABC reopened The Futurist in July 1960 and kept control of it until its closure in 1982.
ABC owned 12 cinemas in Liverpool including the Scala & the Forum. Both the Scala & The Futurist were closed to makeway for the Forums new multi screen cinema.
The closures were blamed on the shortage of good films, video market, the recession and unemployment.
Since then the building has fell into a state of dilapidation. There have ben a few plans for The Futurist and also Lime Street as a whole including Bolton Steet (Behind) however nothing has come to fruition.
Lifestyle LTD in Jan 1984, 18m after its closure plans to turn The Futurist into a 1920’s style nightclub (Liverpool Echo 24.1.1984)
The Skelhorne Triangle (Liverpool Echo 29.7.99)
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