Apollo 5 Cinemas

King William Street,
Blackburn, BB1 7DT

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Christopher John Ball
Christopher John Ball on June 21, 2016 at 5:04 am

During the 1980’s I undertook a photographic study of Blackburn for the Arts Council. Here are a selection of images made showing the, then, three auditorium and the projection room showing projectionist and equipment. I have also included an image of one of the rooms that show the Majestic Cinema/Essoldo/Classic/Apollo 5 cinema’s former life as a Cotton Exchange


Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 1

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 2

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 3

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 4

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 5

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 6

Cinema Auditoriums/Screens 7

other rooms showing previous life

One of hidden rooms office from Corn Exchange

Projection rooms and equipment

Projection rooms and equipment 1

Projection rooms and equipment 2

Projection rooms and equipment 3

Projection rooms and equipment 4

Projection rooms and equipment 5

Projection rooms and equipment 6

Outside Showing Poster Displays

Outside Showing Poster Displays

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

A vintage postcard view and details of the Cotton Exchange Hall:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 16, 2008 at 5:16 am

This scanned image from 1963, shows the tower and entrance to the (then named) Essoldo Cinema: