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Central Hall on Colne Lane was built for Joshua Duckworth in 1905; and is one of the halls which vie for being the first purpose-built cinema! The first newspaper, archive, advertisement is dated 25th February 1907.
It is listed as ‘Central Hall’, with no other details, in Kinematograph Year Book 1914.
By 1919 it was trading as the Central Cinema.
According to ‘Chronicles of Pendle Picture Palaces’ by Peter Sagar for Mercia Cinema Society, the hall closed on 17th February 1923. However, up to KYB 1938 (perhaps 1939 also, but not 1940) ‘Central Hall - Prop J. Ferguson. Station Cone, LMS’ continued to be listed.
The building still stands and is visible on Google Streetview (2015) as ‘Image (UK) Textiles Ltd. Central Works.’
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