Palace Cinema

Beaconsfield Street,
Haslingden, BB4 5TD

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Palace Cinema

In the small town of Haslingden, to the south east of Blackburn, the building was constructed in 1909 as a roller skating rink. The Palace Cinema was not listed in the 1914 Kinematograph Year Book, but was in the 1927 edition. The owner was Palace and Empire Cinemas (Haslingden) Ltd. (the Empire being the town’s other cinema). The managing director was E. A. Hoyle; the general manager was Bert Hoyle. In the auditorium the cheaper seats were at the front, divided from the dearer seats at the back by a row of panelling.

The same details appeared in the 1940 and 1953 editions, with the additional information (in 1940) that the proscenium was 30ft wide. The Palace Cinema was still open in 1954, but had closed by 1963.

By the time I visited, in September 2005, the building was occupied by Fletcher & Hunton furniture shop. In 2013 it appears that this had closed, as a proposal was put forward to convert the building into a tyre depot. That was turned down on the grounds that the noise would be detrimental to the local residents.

Contributed by David Simpson

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Amitton on February 10, 2020 at 12:15 pm

The building was built originally in 1909 as a Roller Skating Rink. Edward Mitton installed the electrics. He lived at the Queen’s Hall Building, Church Accrington, in 1914. The Queen’s Hall was a cinema. His wife Jessie worked part time in the cinema. Edward had an electrical engineering business next door

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