ABC Blackpool

130-140 Church Street,
Blackpool, FY1 3PR

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madorganplayer on January 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

Seems to me that anything of any interest in this place has been swept away years ago.Looking at the photo of it as built-what a fantastic building but its been butchered beyond recognition now.Other big buildings such as the opera House,the Grand and the old Odeon (Funny girls) or now more worthy of listing.

rasLXR on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm Campaign to save Blackpool’s ABC Theatre from demolition

A campaign to save a Blackpool theatre which hosted stars such as the Beatles and Morecambe and Wise has started.

Demolishing the former ABC Theatre would destroy an “important part” of the town’s heritage, said Gill Payne whose petition aims to save it.

But Elaine Smith MBE from Blackpool Civic Trust said it should be demolished. “People are confusing memories with heritage.”

Blackpool Council is planning to buy it and use the site as a car park.

The 1960s TV show Big Night Out was filmed at the ABC Theatre before it became a cinema in the 80s.

In 1992 it was transformed into a club and opened as the Syndicate. This closed down in 2011 and it has remained empty since.

Ian on December 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

The Syndicate closed circa 2010 and the building in 2012 is unused and for sale.

Robbie25646 on September 7, 2012 at 7:15 am

Memories, Memories. I did a long, long summer season here with Tommy Steele, Billy Dainty and Mary Hopkins. It was the happiest summer season I ever worked!

Mike_Blakemore on May 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

Take a look at the new pics I have loaded.. Memories of Better times

abcman on February 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

The opening show in 1963 at the new Church Street ABC Theatre was in fact called ‘Holiday Carnival’.

Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on February 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

The ABC Princess wasn’t on the Promenade, and was opposite the Metropole Hotel (not Theatre), whose front was on the Promenade.

Mike_Blakemore on February 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

???? It was devided up in 1981 before the Cannon Takeover.. The First Manager was Bob Parsons followed by Chadwick from memory I used to work for the Real ABC co., before going Independent

GramRfone on February 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Sorry…but the ABC theatre was NEVER known as the Princess. The ABC Princess was on the promenade opposite the Metropole Theatre and had no stage facilities of any kind. The ABC in Church Street was formerly the Hippodrome, and the openinmg show was Summer Holiday starring Cliff and the Shadows. I know this to be true because I was the Co-Chief Projectionist/Lighting Engineer at the time. The ABC eventually ended up in the hands of Cannon and was then divided up into one major screen in the old Circle, and 2/3 under the neath in the stall. It eventaully ended up as a Nite Club / Disco.

Jeffrey Morris
Jeffrey Morris on June 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

What a shame that this venue is no longer operating as a cinema or theatre.

My first visit here was in either 1971 or 1973 while on a coach trip from the Welsh valleys to see the Blackpool Illuminations. At that time the venue was known as the ABC Princess and during our visit the ABC was in use for live performances although movies were being advertised in the foyer as future attractions once the Summer/Autumn season was over with.

Our visit was to see a stage show with starring Cilla Black. To us valley types at that time the auditorium was pure luxury and the stage presentation exceptional at that time. To me it would have been unthinkable to convert the venue from one auditorium to split screens. The facade was certainly late sixties and appeared to be covering the original structure.

keiths on June 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thankyou abcman. Looking at your pics of the operahouse, you are, of course, quite right – it WAS a long time ago, after all. However, I DID see a summer show at the ABC, but now can’t remember who it was for the life of me!

CSWalczak on November 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Pictures and other material relating to the original Hippodrome/ABC theater: View link

abcman on November 24, 2009 at 8:09 am

Sorry Keith, but Brucie & Millie appeared at the Opera House not the ABC otherwise I agree with what you say.

keiths on November 4, 2009 at 7:22 am

I attended a summer show at the ABC on one occasion, featuring Bruce Forsyth and Millicent Martin. My opinion of both of them increased dramatically as a result.

terry on August 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Tony Hancock took over from Mike and Bernie Winters as compere of the weekly tv variety show at the ABC Theatre, but he was on the wane by this time and did not fare very well – Bruce Forsyth took over from him for a few shows.

I actually think this clip is very funny…………………….

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2008 at 9:39 am

A vintage photograph of the ABC Theatre, taken in September 1963, four months after opening:
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Photographed in colour in 1969:
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