The square was laid out between 1745-50. Progress was slow- by 1769, only four houses existed here and one of these was converted into the Prince of Wales Theatre, which was demolished in 1912 and a new theatre of a different kind, the Liverpool Picture House, built adjacent to the site.
The Picture House changed its name numerous times over the years: the Prince of Wales News and Feature Theatre, Liverpool News Theatre and the Gala Theatre. I remember being left to watch the all-day cartoons the News Theatre used to run in the 1950s while my mother and grannie went shopping.
It last showed films- of an adult nature- as the 'Jacey Film Theatre' before finally closing in 1972- when it was radically transformed into a church, known as the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.