Olympia Cinema

4 St. Peter Street,
Blackburn, BB2 2HB

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Previously operated by: Jacksons' Amusements, Ltd.

Functions: Nightclub

Previous Names: Olympia Theatre

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Olympia Cinema

The Olympia was opened on 19th May 1909 as a roller skating rink. It was a short lived venture and closed in November 1911. It was converted into the Olympia Theatre, presenting music hall/variety, opening on 12th December 1911. Seating was provided for 2,000, many on long wooden benches. The proscenium was 32 feet wide and the stage 50 feet deep. It was soon screening films as part of the programme.

It was converted into a full time cinema in 1921, although there were still some variety acts on the programme. All the original wooden benches used for seating in the theatre were removed and replaced by regular tip-up seats, reducing the seating capacity to 1,360. During the 1940’s, the Olympia Cinema boasted a cafĂ© for the convenience of its patrons and it was operated by Jacksons' Amusements, Ltd.

The Olympia Cinema was mainly independently operated, and closed in 1957. It stood empty for two years, then in 1959, it was taken over by Mecca Ltd, and converted into the Locarno Ballroom, later becoming a Mecca Bingo Club. It later became the Golden Palms Nightclub, Jumpin' Jax, and since 2009 it operated as a trendy nightclub named Liquid & Envy. By July 2018 it was known as Switch.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on February 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

There is a picture of the Olympia here: http://tinyurl.com/484wrhc

Biffaskin on December 27, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Mecca later operated this venue as a Mecca bingo club.

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