Liverpool Lighthouse is housed in a refurbished former art deco Gaumont Palace Cinema building.
Located in the Anfield district of Liverpool at the corner of Oakfield Road and St. Domingo Vale. It was formerly the site of the King’s Hall, which had 1,000 seats and operated as a cinema from 1912 to July 1930, when it was closed and demolished.
The Gaumont Palace was built for and operated by the Gaumont British Theatres/General Theatre Corporation and opened on 21st December 1931 with Ronald Colman in “The Devil to Pay” and Wheeler & Woolsey in “Oh! Oh! Cleopatra”. Seating was provided for 1,100 in the stalls and 500 in the circle. The proscenium was 40 feet wide, and there was a stage and dressing rooms.
Re-named Gaumont in 1937, it became part of the Rank Organisation and they closed the Gaumont on 26th November 1960 with Burt Lancaster in “The Unforgiven” and “Delta 8-3”.
It became and Appleton’s store, forllowed by a D.I.Y. hardware store. In 1998 it was purchased by us and converted into a the UK’s first gospel music & arts centre.
This building has been a fixture of Anfield for over 80 years and serves the local community more now than perhaps ever before. Thats why it is so important that we take the steps needed to preserve this incredible building so that future generations may benefit from its beauty as well as and services found within it. Remember that we can only do this with your support so please consider helping us to reach our goal by seeing how you can support us.