Hi GB, information on the shop you are trying to remember is very scarce! Could it have been Massams?
I have only found a couple of comments on here that might help? The Carlton Cinema was there from 1937 to 1958/9 so the era looks right! I believe that building is a carpet warehouse now, though that could easily have changed.
Any road, here's the comments
Comment by Cyril on 20th March 2013 at 12:52
I went in there when it was the Sportmans and when it was the Unit Four, which was mis-named as it only had three theatres and you were packed in like sardines in a tin. When it first opened it showed those awful porn films of the time in the afternoons, I would often laugh at the queues of men in raincoats with collars pulled up and hats pulled well down over their faces waiting to go in.
I can recall it as being The Carlton though my best memories of that area are of Mrs Massam's shop next door on the corner of Ormskirk Road and Tunstall Lane.
And one in reply to a post you made about the lamp post
Posted by: ayrefield (4034)
I can remember Mrs Massam's shop on corner of Tunstall Lane and Ormskirk Road, but I can't recall a really big lamp post being around there, the tram wires were held up on the lamp posts along Ormskirk Road, maybe it was one of them he meant as they were very tall and made from cast iron, there is a photo of Ormskirk Road showing these lamp posts with the tram wires attached on the Album somewhere.