244 Whalley Road,
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Located in Clayton-Le-Moors, near Accrington, Lancashire. The Empress Picture Palace was opened on 23rd May 1912. It was designed by architect H. Ross of Accrington, and his assistant A. Slater. Initially it had 482 seats and a 20 feet wide proscenium.
In the late-1920’s it was taken over by James Caton who operated cinemas in the Manchester area, and it was re-named Empress Cinema. A British Acoustic(BA) sound system was fitted in 1931, and the first talkie shown here was “The Vagabond King”.
In 1945, it was re-named Rex Cinema, having been taken over by the operators of the towns' other cinema, the Star Cinema. The Rex Cinema was closed in December 1955. It was converted into a printing works.
In 2002, the building bagan its current use as a showroom for Ribble Valley Recliners.
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