Grand Theatre

Market Street,
Nelson, BB9

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Grand Theatre

Located in the town centre of Nelson, Lancashire. The Grand Theatre was opened in 1888. It was designed by architect Thomas Bell in a Gothic/Neo-Classical style. Seating was provided in orchestra stalls, dress circle and gallery levels. The proscenium was 31 feet wide.

In 1923, it was renovated and the dress circle and gallery were removed, and replaced by a single balcony. By 1934, it was in cinema use, although some live show use continued into the late-1940’s.

The Grand Theatre was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain in June 1960, together with the towns' Majestic Theatre and Palace Cinema, and they operated the Grand Theatre until May 1974. It was taken over by independent management, but this didn’t last long, and it was then taken over by the Unit Four Cinemas chain based in Burnley, Lancashire. They soon closed the building, and it was left empty and unused, becoming derelict.

It was destroyed by a fire in 2000, and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on April 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

A photo of the building in 1996 GRAND THEATRE

kbs on February 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I worked at the grand cinema as relief projectionist so the regular could have a night off it was in decline I remember one night we only had a single customer we refunded his entrance fee,I also did work at the Majestic P/T mr halliday was manager at the Grand`

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