‘Legendary’ Liverpool Beatles venue up for auction

Written by: Paul Thompson on 15th November 2017

‘Legendary’ Liverpool Beatles venue up for auction

Birkenhead’s former Majestic Ballroom, where the Beatles made the first performance of their debut single Love Me Do and played more than 15 concerts in the 1960s, is due to be sold at auction next month.

Built as a cinema in 1916 and 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 Liverpool music scene.

Between 1961 and 1963, the Beatles appeared no fewer than 17 times at the Majestic Ballroom, which was then owned by the Top Rank entertainment group. At one sell‐out appearance the crowd was so large that a further two shows had to be arranged to accommodate disappointed fans who had been unable to get tickets.

The venue was also the site of Cilla Black’s first, unsuccessful, audition for Brian Epstein and the backdrop to gigs by the Rolling Stones, the Searchers and many others. The iconic 10,000 sq ft property is due to go under the hammer at Pugh’s next Manchester auction on 5 December 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 at a time that was utterly ground‐breaking for the music scene in Liverpool and propelled the city on to the world stage.

“There will certainly be a huge amount of interest in this property whose cultural heritage makes it utterly unique: it will be a great investment opportunity.”

Pugh’s North West auction will be held in Manchester at the AJ Bell Stadium on 5 December. The firm’s Yorkshire and North East auction will be held at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium on 7 December.

Written by: Paul Thompson on 15th November 2017


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Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA). He is also one of the few auctioneers in the country with a position on the RICS Real Estate Auction Committee.

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