Iconic Beatles venue up for auction next month


A FORMER music venue where The Beatles made their first performance of debut single Love Me Do has gone up for auction.

Birkenhead’s former Majestic Ballroom was originally built as a cinema in 1916 and was most recently used as a Chinese restaurant.

The property's glory days were in the 1960s when it became a dance hall and music venue at the centre of the Mersey music scene.

The Beatles played 17 shows at the venue between 1962 and 1963 - at one sell-out appearance the crowd was so large that a further two shows had to be arranged for disappointed fans who missed out the first time.

The venue was also the site of Cilla Black’s first and unsuccessful audition for Brian Epstein and the perfect stage for gigs from The Rolling Stones, The Searchers plus many more.

The iconic 10,000 sq ft property is due to go under the hammer at Pugh’s next North West property auction, at AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester on December 5 with a guide price of £175,000.

Pugh managing director Paul Thompson said: “It’s a privilege to be auctioning a property which gained legendary status in a decade that was ground-breaking for the music scene in Liverpool, and when the city was propelled on to the world stage.

“This is an exciting time for Birkenhead, with £1bn of regeneration at key Wirral development sites including Birkenhead town centre announced by the council just last month.

“With the relevant planning consent, the Majestic Ballroom could be redeveloped for a variety of leisure uses as it’s in a great central location, close to the main shopping and entertainment area of town.

"It would be fantastic if we could see the building restored to its former glory.”

The full catalogue is available to view at www.pugh-auctions.com

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