Central Cinema

Colne Lane,
Colne, BB8 0EP

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Functions: Workshop

Previous Names: Central Hall

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Central Cinema

Central Hall on Colne Lane was built for Joshua Duckworth in 1905; and is one of the halls which vie for being the first purpose-built cinema! The first newspaper, archive, advertisement is dated 25th February 1907.

It is listed as ‘Central Hall’, with no other details, in Kinematograph Year Book 1914.

By 1919 it was trading as the Central Cinema.

According to ‘Chronicles of Pendle Picture Palaces’ by Peter Sagar for Mercia Cinema Society, the hall closed on 17th February 1923. However, up to KYB 1938 (perhaps 1939 also, but not 1940) ‘Central Hall - Prop J. Ferguson. Station Cone, LMS’ continued to be listed.

The building still stands and is visible on Google Streetview (2015) as ‘Image (UK) Textiles Ltd. Central Works.’

Contributed by H J Hill

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HJHill on October 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Lancashire County Records have documents indicating that the building was originally intended as as a warehouse and workshop, but amendments were submitted on 19 April 1905 to amend use to that of picture theatre by incorporating an orchestra pit and a projection room.

Dissential on July 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

The cinema is actually about to relive it’s past… Local pop-up cinema group The Grand Unit 5 Social Cinema have arranged a one-off showing of the Titanic classic ‘A Night to Remember’ on July 27th this year. Tickets available from http://bit.do/Grand5

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