gem to re-open as new live entertainment venue
IT is one of Liverpool's
iconic landmarks and yet it is one of Liverpool’s hidden
architectural gems. The Grand Central on Renshaw Street, in the
heart of Liverpool City Centre was a former Methodist Church over
its lifetime. The Grade 2 listed building is again re-opening as an
entertainment venue, aiming at providing a wide mixture of genre of
live performance from touring bands, theatre, stand-up comedy and
variety nights, all performing under a massive Dome. The owners
Jenny Davies and partner Sean Finnerty, who already own the lease on
the impressive Gaudi style Barcelona Bar on the ground floor of the
building, have now bought the 25 year lease on the impressive
upstairs venue. The venue has a 1200 capacity, and it even has one
of the biggest pip organs in the North West, that was installed in
1907. It acts as an impressive back drop to the performance space,
giving it a very gothic look...
The Dome is not on one level, but the theatre style
seating arrangement is split into 2 levels, with 500 fixed circle
seats on the top section and an option of 700 standing or 500
seating downstairs in the stalls below. The stalls area could also
be used as a cabaret style layout with tables. It has inbuilt
hi-tech lighting and sound system, 2 bars, catering facilities and
an in-house promotions and production team. The Dome will offer a
wide range of affordable daytime hire rates to welcome local
community groups through to full-scale conferences.
The new venue has already confirmed bookings from
November 2011 through to May 2012, but is on the look out for more.
Director Sean Finnerty said:- "This is a 5 year
dream come true for me, it was a crying shame to see this stunning
venue decaying and not put to good use and I was determined to do
something about it, it took five years to secure the venue and work
began a year ago. Along with the building owner Jerry O’Brien, we
have put in a lot of time, energy and lifelong savings to get the
venue back to public use."
Sean Finnerty continues:- "This area will be
transformed in a year or so time, with Central Village coming to
life between Bold Street and Renshaw Street and I want The Dome to
be a big part of the regeneration of this area too. There is a gap
for a venue of this size in the city centre and I am already
impressed with the enquiries coming from local, national and
international promoters to book the venue."
Venue Information:- The Dome (Grand Central), is located on 35
Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SF. It's website is:-
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