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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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Old Swan Curzon cinema

Didn't know where to put this but noticed earlier that ripping out seems to have started and a fence has been put around the site.
Looked like the kind of opportunity an urban explorer might love before demolition with a fence up but some of the shop fronts totally open.
Always wondered exactly how much of the old cinema survives.
Always loved the form of this building and probably the most interesting building in the swan.
Thanks
hopefully someone can move this into there.

Also, hopefully someone will get the chance to get some photos of the inside:)
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 heydey.
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