Palladium Cinema

New Chapel Street, Mill Hill,
Blackburn, BB2 4DT

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Previously operated by: Marks Circuit Cinemas

Functions: Supermarket

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Palladium Cinema

Located at the corner of New Chapel Street and Queen’s Terrace in the Mill Hill district of Blackburn. The Palladium Cinema was built and opened in 1920. It had a brick and stone facade and projection box, and also the screen end was built similar. The auditorium however was a wooden structure, similar to an army hut.

It was taken over by the Marks Circuit Cinemas Ltd. of Manchester in the mid-1930’s. In the early-1950’s an independent operator took over and it was closed in June 1952 with "Operation Pacific". The old auditorium was dismantled and a new one built a few feet wider than the old one. The cinema re-opened in August 1952, and now had a 20 feet wide proscenium.

The Palladium Cinema was closed in May 1962, and was converted into a Spar supermarket, which remains open in 2015.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 7:31 am

This is a picture of the Spar supermarket in the former Palladium Cinema building:

Christopher John Ball
Christopher John Ball on June 21, 2016 at 5:08 am

During the 1980’s I undertook a photographic study of Blackburn for the Arts Council. Here is an image in the 80’s showing the Palladium Cinema boarded up

Palladium Cinema

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