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Picture Palaces of Liverpool is now becoming hard to find. It is a great record of the many picture houses that were in Liverpool. The late Harold Ackroyd certainly did his research. Ackroyd worked in several cinemas as a manager. This book takes you back to a time when cinema was king. There was no opposition from TV, video, DVD and downloads. Going to the cinema was was an occasion, many people going twice a week to see a double feature, news and sometimes a cartoon. Sadly, Liverpool only has the new Odeon in Liverpool one, which doesn't even show film - it is digital. Cinema today is a different ball game. There is only one feature and the shows are no longer continuous. Back then you could go in anytime and sit there all day if you wished. Many would go in half way through the film and watch it round until they came to the part where they went in. This is a great book, which should be re-printed. It is an education for young people who have never known what cinema was like and a trip down memory lane for others.
DAVID A. ELLIS