Maghull – The Albany Cinema, The Beatles & Lidl

The article on the Guardian/Observer website – linked below – caught my eye because it involves the Beatles and Lidl:-

www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/30/threatened-beatles-cinema-needs-a-lidl-help-from-its-friends?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The former Albany Cinema in Maghull, which was renamed twice to Astra and then Apollo, closed many years ago but its link with the article above is that when demolished it became and still is a Lidl store and that the Beatles also played there in the 1960’s.

This photo is of my old friend Jim Byrne, who is sadly no longer with us, at the then derelict site of the former Albany Cinema prior to its demolition.

The link below takes you to a Maghull & Lydiate U3A document which covers Maghull’s local blue plaque scheme. If you scroll through it you’ll reach the section about the Beatles plaque on the present Lidl building which celebrates the Beatles appearing at the Albany Cinema:-

www.maghull-scene.co.uk/docs/Maghull%20and%20Lydiate%20U3A_Blue%20Plaques.pdf

And finally, how apt bearing in mind what this blog posting is about – the Beatles liveried Merseyrail train at Maghull Station:-

Maghull Nostalgia – The Albany, Astra or Apollo Cinema

Part of my occasional nostalgia series.

Remember when Maghull had its own cinema where Lidl’s supermarket now sits at the Alt?

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This photo was taken after the cinema has closed in the early/mid 1990’s. Stood in front of the sadly derelict building is Jim Byrne who served on Maghull Town Council for many years and who still lives just up Northway from the site.

Interesting that the 3 names that the cinema had all began with the letter ‘A’. The Beatles played there in their early days.