Charnley's Pictures

Eanam Bridge,
Blackburn, BB1

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Located on Eanam Bridge, not far away from the Alexandra Cinema. The Victoria Hall was built as an assembly room, and was converted to a cinema around 1907, and was named Victoria Cinema. It was soon managed by the Charnley family, and was re-named Charnley’s Pictures.

The building had a stage, and the proscenium was 24 feet wide. Charnley’s Pictures was closed suddenly in April 1960, when staff turned up and had difficulty opening doors inside the building. Soon cracks began to appear, and the cinema was closed and shored up. A surveyor found a hole beneath the building and Higher Eanam road outside was closed. The building was demolished and the site is now a car park for the factory next door.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

An old picture of Charnley’s Pictures, when it was still known as the Victoria: http://tinyurl.com/6gxvhw2

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

In the B&W picture on this webpage, Charnley’s would be the peaked building on the left hand side: http://www.blackburnnowandthen.co.uk/unknown-20/

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