Grand Central Hall is one of Liverpool’s best-hidden secrets. The hall is a stunning Victorian Theatre, which can accommodate up to 1200 people. The hall is quite the spectacle and boasts the oldest working Grand Pipe Organ in the Northwest. When news of the restoration circulated around Liverpool one of the original organist called to ask if he could see, and play the organ and when he did the outcome was incredible.
Grand Central Hall was originally a Methodist Church erected in 1908 and was built in a grand Victorian style. After the second world war, The Methodist Church chose to move to another venue away from the city center, The hall has been used as a cinema and even housed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1933 to 1939. Through the years Grand Central hall has had many other occupants, at one point it was used by Liverpool City Council as an Employment office. In the late eighties, an entrepreneur named Bobby Burns created and opened the Barcelona Nightclub which today still reflects his original vision. After The Barcelona Club closed and the building sadly started to fall into disrepair, until recently when The Top Of The Town Group stepped to restore this magnificent building to its original beauty.
The stand out features of the hall is its dome, grand organ, opulent seating, and wonderful decor. To the rear of the building, leading directly from the hall, are the gardens and a memorial to William Roscoe who is buried in the grounds. The gardens are being regenerated and replanted to bring them back to their former glory, a quiet fitting entrance to such a grand space. The hall also is home to the largest video screen outside of Wembley and will show all major sporting events.
Grand Central Hall’s grand reopening is set for June 2018 and promises to be as grand as the fantastic building. The hall will then hold live music events, theatre productions, pantomimes and even weddings or functions.
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