Art Cinema

Lord Street,
Fleetwood, FY7

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Located on West Street (later renamed Lord Street) in Fleetwood, 12 miles north of Blackpool. The Empire Theatre & Hippodrome was opened in mid-August 1909. It was designed by architect Albert Winstanley, and boasted to be ‘the first theatre to have a white marble facade’. From around 1913, it was listed as operating as a cinema. In early-1915, it was closed for reconstruction, when the seating capacity in the gallery was enlarged, and the total seating capacity increased to 900. It re-opened in June 1915 as the Art Pictures.

In 1923, the building was demolished to build a new Art Pictures, again designed by Albert Winstanley. The new cinema now had a single circle seating 340, with seating in the stalls for 668 and two boxes on each side of the 30 feet wide proscenium. There was also a cafe for the convenience of patrons. By 1937, it was operated by the Blackpool Tower Co. Ltd.

By 1944, it had been re-named Art Cinema, and it was closed in the late-1950’s. It was demolished in 1960.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm

There is a picture of the Art Cinema circa 1925 on this webpage; clicking it will enlarge it: http://tinyurl.com/23dox63

Ian
Ian on December 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I think the Art was on Lord Street and was demolished in the early to mid 1960’s.

cas
cas on August 24, 2012 at 12:53 am

Ken, hope you dont mind, i am from this town and someone was asking for information about the cinema. I have shared the information you gave but also credited it with your name, it isnt going to be used for anything its just a facebook page where us locals reminice about the old days. Thanks.

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