Pendle Hippodrome Theatre

New Market Street,
Colne, BB8 9BJ

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Opened on 21st September 1914 the Pendle Hippodrome Theatre was a cine-variety theatre, through until 1931 when sound was installed and the Hippodrome became almost exclusively a cinema.

It was designed by R.S. Pilling and seated 980, by 1943 this had been reduced to 860 and currently has (part of the rear stalls have been sub-divided to accommodate a bar) 489 seats, 138 of which are in the single balcony.

Like many such venues the Hippodrome Cinema closed in 1964 and was converted into a bingo hall which lasted until 1978. Three local amateur theatre groups then negotiated to buy the building and a long expensive haul to repair and update the theatre began, culminating in reopening on 6th December 1986.

It currently has a lively programme of theatre, music and stand up events, both amateur and professional, but sadly no films.

Contributed by Ian Grundy
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