Futurist, Lime Street, Liverpool L1, 2003 and 2010 • Famous Liverpool cinema from 1912 that’s been decaying since it closed in 1982 and is now in danger of destruction. Shown here in 2003 wen Liverpool was still very run down, and in 2010 (bottom pic) when it was part of the Liverpool Biennale art festival, with different lettering. Despite opposition plans to demolish it for yet more student flats are far advanced. The Futurist is on Wikipedia here and has a blog dedicated to saving it here. See also White Star Cafe for how little Liverpool council values its built heritage.
Tate Gallery, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 • From the days before it was called simply Tate. The frontage is still the same except they’ve taken off the word ‘Gallery’. I went up there – then a 5 hour train ride – specifically to see this excellent shopping show. Liverpool is a wonderful city, so I spent the rest of the day photographing around town; it was before redevelopment, when there were still decaying dock warehouses right in the centre. Looking back, it was a Liverpool that was poised to disappear, romantically ramshackle in the crisp winter sunlight. One of my favourite series, which I shall be featuring (plus a few later shots) over the next few weeks.
Robert I. Perry, 66 Croydon Road, Caterham, Surrey CR3, 2001 • Why do closed-down shops always seem to have scary circus posters in the window? Despite the planning notice, this Profil sign lasted till 2008 then became a Mediterranean restaurant called, weirdly, The Caterham Comodor.
Frankle Trimmings, 281-285 Bethnal Green Road, Borough of Tower Hamlets, London E2, 2005 • Art deco cinema, now a trimmings emporium. Apparently it was renovated 2005, maybe just before I took this; it’s still there, looking graffitied. Opened in 1913 as Smart’s Picture House, it was remodelled as seen here in 1938 to become the Rex. In 1948 it gained the wonderful name Essoldo, and became a bingo hall 1964. There’s more info on the very informative blogpost here.
The Commons, 59 Plumstead Common Road, Borough of Greenwich, London SE18, 2004 • Grim-looking club whose name is a play on its politics and position – the local Conservative association and Plumstead Common, respectively. Now a grim-looking evangelical church.
Chelsea Funeral Directors, 91 Rochester Row, City of Westminster, London SW1, 2013 • I hesitate to call an undertaker’s cute, but this one is.
Supergrows Cosmetic, 405 Mare Street, Borough of Hackney, London E8, 2010 • Yargh, nightmare on Mare Street. That’s some cosmetic (bottom pic).