Belle Cinema

27 Belmont Road,
Astley Bridge,
Bolton, BL1 7AF

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Located in the Astley Bridge district of Bolton, the Belle Electric Theatre opened on 12th August 1914.

The very first cinema I went to. Must have been about 1955. Saturday mornings for the children. We just went wild for two hours! The noise was indescribable! Happy days eh?

In 1957, the Belle Cinema was destroyed by fire. Damage was so severe that it was not considered worth repairing. It was demolished several years later, and housing has been built on the site.

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HJHill
HJHill on May 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

“The … road leading north to Blackburn, once boasted three cinemas. Furthest out, on the corner of Belmont Road . . was the Belle. Snuggled away behind a pub, it was a stone building, quite tiny, and low inside; apparently clean enough but never without a dank smell. The front stalls uniquely consisted of backless wooden forms, riveted to the floor; not very comfortable, but for a penny one could hardly complain.”

Seats In All Parts: by Leslie Halliwell – a description of visits shortly before WW2.

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