Former Liverpool cinema could become homes

A former Liverpool cinema dating back to 1916 could be transformed into apartments under new plans.

Proposals to refurbish what was once Mere Lane Picture House in Everton and convert it into 45 one-bedroom apartments have been submitted to Liverpool City Council.

If the plans are approved, a new build extension will also be added to the vacant site to house an additional nine one-bed flats.

Mere Lane Picture House ceased operating as a cinema in 1963 and has since served as a bingo parlour, a snooker hall and most recently a social club before closing its doors permanently in 2007.

The new apartments would be geared towards individuals and couples, while the refurbishment of the building would be carried out “sympathetically”, taking the surrounding architecture into account.

A statement issued to the council reads: “The intention is to develop an existing structure into luxury apartments whilst being sensitive to the site and surroundings. The addition of an extra storey and a new wing allows for the site to be used positively making the most of the existing site but not over developing the land.

“The main aim of the design concept was to redevelop a well known local building into quality residential spaces, using local character and contemporary design.

“Integrating the new development with the existing streetscape as well as the existing building is imperative and during the process this will be given the utmost attention, aiming to achieve a harmony to make the building look like one.”

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