Updated: May 7
Picture House That Has Stood On Conway Street For More Than 100 Years Set On Fire
'The Classic' also known as 'The Empire' picture house in the City Region's inner suburbs of Birkenhead was set ablaze last night.
Arson is being considered one of the primary possibilities for the incident after speaking to witnesses last night (Wednesday, 24th April 2019) who had been at the scene since noticing the fire.
Many people started to gather round and see the picture house lit up with ashes spilling over from the roof, the building has been used as a nightclub and is currently in disuse, however, many have know it as a staple of the Birkenhead area as it has stood proudly on Conway Street for over one hundred years.
A number of bystanders had actually seen films in the historic building, which was the original purpose of the picture house, prior to being converted into a night club. Witnesses claimed that the roof has considerable flames over the at the beginning of the blaze.
According to our sources, the authorities were alerted at 9:41 pm and police and fire arrived on scene at 9:44 pm to fight the large fire.
The Birkenhead Bus Depot was closed for the remainder of the evening and considerable traffic disruption naturally occurred, with the effects of the incident following through into the following morning.