A rather gorgeous, and shamefully neglected cornerstone of the city’s entertainment circuit opens its doors again next month. The 1200 capacity space, right at the heart of the warren of shops and boutiques at Grand Central on Renshaw Street, is the site of a former Methodist Church and a grade two listed building.

The Dome will offer a mixed bag of live performance from touring bands, theatre, stand-up comedy and variety nights. It used to be the venue for the Rawhide comedy nights, and SevenStreets remembers a particularly brilliant Echo and the Bunnymen gig a few killing moons ago. It is, in short, a space not short of atmosphere. And we’re not just talking the Emo mist that hovers outside its portals.

Director Sean 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 want a space that encourages and develops new local talent, as well as providing a space for those already established in the industry nationwide. There’s an open day on Sunday 16th October from 1-5pm for promoters and festival organisers to take a butcher’s.

Sean Finnerty continues “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”.

We’re impressed. The city’s short of medium sized venues like this, and with the Brian Epstein (Neptune) theatre’s resurgence looks like we’re on the way to being one of those capital of culture type places. Which is nice.

The Dome (Grand Central),
35 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SF

  • KT

    Word on the grapevine is that these developers want to get rid of the shops in the ground floor. Quiggins jibbed again. I give it sixth months before it’s drinks offers and casualties on the pavement.

  • http://www.sevenstreets.com David

    Hope they don’t, K – but if they do, what’s the betting the Met Quarter’ll be empty in six months’ time? They can move in there.

  • KT

    You mean despite the new Italian restatraunt, Jack Wills shop, on a ten-year lease, and cosmetics shop opening in Metquarter? I was sceptical but they seem to be pulling it back.

  • Dave Smith

    Great Space and an opening im really looking forward to!

  • http://www.sevenstreets.com David

    i was kind of only being tongue in cheek, KT

  • KT

    Oh sorry, I wasn’t meaning to be negative, I just wasn’t sure if you’d seen the schemes for MetQuarter as it’s not been widely reported yet.

  • http://www.sevenstreets.com David

    Hey, no offence taken K. Did you see this

    http://www.sevenstreets.com/style-and-retail/the-noise-that-refused-to-be-dealt-with/

    I spoke to their PR a few months back to get an update. They said they had six new tenants on the way, but refused to speak to us. Fair enough!

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  • sue

    can any 1 tell me is the dome open yet went to liverpool yesterday seems derilect,going to see chris connor at the dome in november ,he is advertised to play there on a banner outside i already have tickets is this a scam,any info would be helpfull