Apollo 5 Cinemas

King William Street,
Blackburn, BB1 7DT

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alastairmurdoch on September 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Hi Christopher, we’re the new owners of the old Apollo Cinema and would love to have as many images as possible, preferably in high res. Would this be OK? These images are fascinating, but could you tell me which image is of which screen? My email is .uk. The website is www.resourceblackburn.org.uk

Christopher John Ball
Christopher John Ball on June 21, 2016 at 5:04 am

During the 1980’s I undertook a photographic study of Blackburn for the Arts Council. Here are a selection of images made showing the, then, three auditorium and the projection room showing projectionist and equipment. I have also included an image of one of the rooms that show the Majestic Cinema/Essoldo/Classic/Apollo 5 cinema’s former life as a Cotton Exchange


Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 1

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 2

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 3

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 4

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 5

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 6

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 7

other rooms showing previous life

One of hidden rooms office from Corn Exchange

Projection rooms and equipment

Projection rooms and equipment 1

Projection rooms and equipment 2

Projection rooms and equipment 3

Projection rooms and equipment 4

Projection rooms and equipment 5

Projection rooms and equipment 6

Outside Showing Poster Displays

Outside Showing Poster Displays

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

A vintage postcard view and details of the Cotton Exchange Hall:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 16, 2008 at 5:16 am

This scanned image from 1963, shows the tower and entrance to the (then named) Essoldo Cinema: