Blackburn Hall

16 Commercial Street,
Rothwell, LS26 0AW

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The Blackburn Hall is now a community theatre and centre with a flat floored auditorium and new stage constructed behind the former screen proscenium.

It is believed to have been the former Empire Cinema and would appear to date from the 1920’s with 1930’s facade tacked on.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 30, 2005 at 3:20 am

The only cinema in Rothwell listed in Kinematograph Yearbook’s through the 1930’s and 1940’s is the 900 seat, Picture Palace located on Ingram Parade and operated by Rothwell Public Service Ltd. No mention of an ‘Empire’ during these years and by the mid 1960’s there is no listing at all for a cinema in Rothwell.

Ian
Ian on May 30, 2005 at 3:49 am

I too have had trouble finding any details. It certainly looks like a former cinema, two photos of the Blackburn Hall and one of the Palace can be seen here :

http://www.byphotos.com/album/1346990

If anyone can help with further information please let us know!

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