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Renshaw Methodist Hall to open as 1200-seat venue

Potential of disused venue is finally realised

Published on October 14th 2011.

Renshaw Methodist Hall to open as 1200-seat venue

A 1,200 capacity performance space is to open in the former Methodist Hall on Renshaw Street after years of sitting neglected.

The Dome, situated in Grand Central, will officially re-open its doors next month with what is described as an "exciting mixed programme of events". 

The new venue in the Grade II listed building will be a welcome draw in a part of the city centre that has seen its footfall and fortunes decrease since Rapid Hardware moved out and the historic Lewis's department store closed last year.

The people behind it are Jenny Davies and partner Sean Finnerty who already own the lease on the Gaudi style Barcelona Bar on the ground floor of the building.

They have now bought the 25 year lease on the upstairs venue which is dominated by a massive organ which was inserted in 1907.

They say it will provide a mixed live performances from touring bands, theatre, stand-up comedy and variety nights. They already have confirmed bookings from November 2011 through to May 2012.  Full details will be announced next week.

Mr Finnerty said “This is a five 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”.

The owners say they want a space that encourages and develops new local talent, as well as providing a space for those already established in the industry nationwide. An open day has been arranged for this Sunday (October 16) from 1-5pm inviting the city’s top promoters and festival organisers to take a look at the space and facilities and have the opportunity to chat to the owners.

Mr Finnerty added: “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.”

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Rushforth & RaperOctober 14th 2011.

"A massive organ which was inserted in 1907" - Ooh MATRON!

Miss Sammons, are you by any chance a Rhythm Methodist?

Anthony SchumacherOctober 14th 2011.

If this is the stage Rawhide used for a time it is stunning. Great news.

W. E. P. Loughthefieldsandsca-a-atterOctober 14th 2011.

Will there be rousing hymns to warm up the audience?

Myles FailbetterOctober 19th 2011.

how great to see one of Liverpool's neglected masterpieces brought back into use.

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