Smithdown Picture Playhouse closes

Resource Type: Image | Posted on 11th July 2012 by Jenny Porter

Falling attendances at films and big demands for Bingo games have forced a Wavertree cinema to close down after 48 years-and open up again as a bingo hall. The last film star to appear at the Smithdown Picture Playhouse is Joanne Woodward in “Woman of Summer”-now more stars will be there to open the Smithdown Bingo Club. They are Martha Longhurst and Minnie Caldwell of “Coronation Street,” who will take part in the first Bingo game. A Wavertree man who attended the first film at the cinema 50 years ago, Mr, Ernest Mercer, will be the guest of honour at the opening. A spokesman for the firm said this week: “The demand for membership of the club has been overwhelming, and that is the reason for the switch. If we had had the same demand for films, the building would have continued as a cinema”

Smithdown Picture Playhouse closes

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