THE FUTURE(IST), THE SCALA AND THE PAST.THE INSIDE BECOMES THE OUTSIDE. SPECTRAL PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL POST. BY STEVEN BENSON

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2 thoughts on “THE FUTURE(IST), THE SCALA AND THE PAST.THE INSIDE BECOMES THE OUTSIDE. SPECTRAL PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL POST. BY STEVEN BENSON”

  1. I love these images, perhaps for the wrong reasons, but am equally shocked by the unapologetic historico-cultural vandalism overseen by Liverpool’s incumbent mayor and all those who shore up his philistinism. I ended up visiting the ABC in the end, Steve (I want to return to it in your company!), and although I knew what I would walk out onto the scene of destruction on Lime Street afterwards, still was disturbed after emerging from the darkness (as if from the past itself) to find the ABC’s surely beloved sister being destroyed in the most callous, slow manner imaginable, bit-by-bit, a slow-mo grinding down, in abject disrespect for all those who held the building in memory in ways that the developers and the city council have failed to take into account in drawing up plans to replace the poor, beleaguered site. It might not seem important to many people, and there are far more important battles to be fighting (there always is), but this doesn’t diminish the damage to the city’s soul caused by the calculated demise of the Futurist.

    1. Totally agree, Wolfin; it is as if the entrails of the building are hung out for public display like some beheading in a heathen society: the past deracinated and laid bare in the cruellest way, as you say. I attended films there and also the little known “ABC Scala” two doors down which also closed in the 80s, and had a new frontage and became the “sex in the City ” club(at least it has some sort of after-life). Most of these buildings, even the listed ones (which the main ABC is, and the Futurist isn’t) get, usually, at best a rescuing/restoring of minimal key features(eg the Lewis’s murals, the irony of Lewis’s being of course that its hybrid transformation, which hasits goodpoints too, has never been completed or let out by the repeatedly bankrupted developers; the building seems almost cursed, since the early 90s when Lewis’s (the shop) began its long trek to toal demise(2010)

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