The 051 Cinema
The 051 Cinema took its name from the phone prefix for Liverpool, though it failed to change its name to the 0151 when the prefixes all changed. A small three screen cinema, none of the screens were particularly big, with each room sitting a hundred or so. They ran film seasons and screened independent movies as well as foreign language, Art House fare. It stood at the bottom of Mount Pleasant and Brownlow Hill in Liverpool town centre, up two flights of stairs that looked like they were leading to the multi-storey car park it neighboured. The railway tunnels running to Lime Street passed close by and occasionally the whole structure would shudder. A nightclub on the ground floor added to the noise and vibrations. On Wednesday afternoons tickets were cheap with a student card.
John Bleasdale is a writer. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Il Manifesto, as well as CineVue.Com and theStudioExec.com. He has also written a number of plays, screenplays and novels.