Unit Four Cinemas

25 Bacup Road,
Rawtenstall, BB4

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Located in Rawtenstall, south of Burnley, Lancashire. The picture House was opened on 29th December 1920 with “The River’s End” and “The Cruise of the Make Believes”. It has an attractive fa├žade, faced in white terra cotta. Inside the auditorium seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 30 feet wide. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. There was also an organ installed (possibly a ‘straight’ church type instrument).

In December 1960 it was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain, and they closed the Picture House in 1975. It was quickly taken over by the Unit Four Cinemas chain, and the cinema was tripled, with screens seating 121, 118 & 165. It was re-named Unit Four Cinema.

In 1980, it was closed and then reopened by an independent operator, but operating just one 120 seat screen. Two further changers of operator followed and it finally closed in 1996.

The building was converted into an indoor market and a snooker club. In September 2013, there were plans to convert the building into a fast food outlet.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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