Former North West Magistrates Court Available for Filming - Court for Hire

The Building


Purpose built as a Magistrates Court in the 1930’s and described by English Heritage as ‘being a good example of architecture typical to that time’, it was  it was eventually closed in 2011 following 71 years of legal service.


An imposing building with sandstone columns, the entrance is up a broad flight of stone steps. The former Magistrates Court is considered to be an attractive building, more austere than flamboyant and with definite art deco influences incorporated into it.

There is a large free secure car park at the front of the building. Additional free on-street parking is also available nearby.

Main Hall

The Main Hall is Southport’s hidden gem. If you want to make a great impression then this is the place to do it.

The stunning Art Deco architecture and high ceilings provide a dramatic welcome and make this a perfect setting to create a memorable event. This beautiful marbled area with insignia detailing is ideal for presentations, conferences, exhibitions, fashion shows and marketing events.

This impressive area has the capacity to comfortably host dining for 80, theatre style conferencing for 150 and a canapé reception for 200. This is a self-contained area with toilet and kitchen facilities directly accessed from the main hall. This diverse area is also ideally suited for filming and unique photo shoot opportunities.

Court One

A formal wood panelled and traditional courtroom still retains the features that you would expect from a court building of this era. Court One is a large impressive room with ornate wood panelling, legal insignias, carpeted flooring, green leather benches, high ceilings and an accessible overhead public gallery.

It retains the upgraded dock which has security glass in place with stairs leading away.

The court can cater for filming of feature films, television shows, documentaries, interviews and commercials. It also makes a unique seminar or training space and could be used for private cinema or screening events.

Our Courtroom has been seen on television many time, notably in Channel 4's Hollyoaks and in Jimmy McGovern's 2021 BBC drama 'Time’.

Cells & additional Areas

In addition to the impressive Main Hall and traditional Court One spaces, several ancillary rooms can be made available for storage, changing and Green rooms.

The original basement holding cells, including the wardens room is fully accessible and also available for hire.

Pricing and additional Information

Charges are negotiable and are dependent on the type of event taking place and the length of hire.

As a general guide the cost for filming starts at £1200+VAT for a 12 hour day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. Exclusive toilet facilities are directly accessed from the main hall. Unlike many other Court facilities, access to the building, Main Hall and Court One is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We use standard contracts for all filming and events and require confirmation of Public Liability Insurance cover for a minimum of £5 million.