Princess Cinema

7 Edgar Street,
Accrington, BB5 1PT

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Princess Cinema

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Empire Picture Palace opened on 12th April 1911. It was built for Mr W. Wilson and designed by architect William Greenwood of Blackburn. Seating was provided for 450 in the stalls and 300 in the circle and the proscenium was 18 feet wide.

The Empire Picture Palace closed in the early-1960’s and became a bingo club. In 1965, the almost adjacent Princess Cinema (former Grand Theatre) was destroyed by fire and the Empire Picture Palace re-opened as a cinema, now re-named New Princess Cinema.

It was taken over by Star Cinemas circuit of Leeds. In it last few years it was known as the Princess Cinema and was closed in April 1974. The building went over to retail use as a plumbers merchants. In recent years, by 1998, it has been converted into housing, with office use on the ground floor by Appleby’s Accountants.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 25, 2008 at 9:22 am

Two photographs of the former Empire Picture Palace:
Exterior in 1998:
A close-up of the facade in March 2005:

dontregartha on June 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Hi Ken,

The street view is Edgar Street in Huncoat, not Accrington.

I should know – I had a girlfriend who lived at the end of the road.

(my that was a flash back!)

As a kid I went to both the cinemas in Edgar street.

I may be wrong but I’m pretty sure it was the Princes cinema not the Princess cinema that burned down.

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