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A historic cinema in Liverpool is to be demolished to make way for a discount supermarket.

The Art Deco style former Curzon Cinema in Prescot Road, Old Swan will be knocked down and replaced with a Home Bargains store, after plans were today approved by councillors.

The company said the development would retain 25 existing jobs in the area and create 30 new jobs for local people.

Speaking at a Liverpool Council planning meeting, Tom Warner, from Home Bargains, said the existing building was "substandard".

He said it would not meet modern shop requirements due to its low ceilings and "irregular internal arrangements".

Mr Warner added that refurbishment costs were "prohibitively expensive" and the firm was paying for ongoing emergency repairs to make the building safe.

Architect Brian Ireland, of Glasgow-based Smith Design Associates, said water was leaking into the cinema and brickwork was becoming loose in its upper walls.

He said the new building would be lower than the existing structure and incorporate some of the style of the former cinema.
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What is going to replace it -

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There's a thread here - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1725687 - with some renders and other bits. From what I've read, beyond the ground floor, which was converted to retail, the cinema is much as it was back in its heyday.
Now a little bit of history has been successfully obliterated, construction is underway -
https://flic.kr/p/wzrSqR
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OK so it's kind of hard to get too excited about this, but it is coming along FWIW -
https://flic.kr/p/xAhhF2

https://flic.kr/p/xzF3HX
Taking a really long time to put together a retail shed with bells on -
https://flic.kr/p/DSE2MN

https://flic.kr/p/E45RdK
Let's be honest, this really isn't that good. What is with the lack of windows? I'm assuming that curved corner, being at the front of the shop, will be part of the salesfloor, and not a back of house area, so would it have killed them to put a window in it? Ditto the three vertical sections alongside -
https://flic.kr/p/FUfrwu

Rather lacklustre attempts at mimicking the art deco features of the building lost for this -
https://flic.kr/p/Fp6es4
The store has been open for about a week now -
https://flic.kr/p/H57GG8

https://flic.kr/p/GKXsVA

From people I've spoken to who've been in, they say it's really nothing special. Despite its size, it offers little beyond your average Home & Bargain. It does have a small bakery section and a self-serve coffee machine, but it lacks the extra ranges some newer openings have had like a chilled and frozen section, like the one on Hanover Street. With the iffy parking situation around the store, the consensus from those I spoke to was that it's fine for those that live around there, but for everyone else it's not worth going out of your way for.
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