Princess Cinema

168-170 North Promenade,
Blackpool, FY1 1RE

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Princess Cinema

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Opened as the Princess Electric Theatre on 12th December 1912 with 905 seats, it was enlarged to the designs of architect Halstead Best, and reopened as the 1,770-seat Princess Cinema on 10th July 1922.

It was taken over by Associated British Cinema(ABC) in 1929 and was in addition to their Hippodrome Theatre (Church Street) a former live theatre which continued under ABC to present summer shows, leaving the Princess Cinema the pick of the circuit’s films. This continued after the Hippodrome Theatre was largely demolished and a new ABC theatre constructed, as the new ABC also had a frequently used stage. The Princess Cinema (aka ABC North Shore) was equipped with 70mm and played roadshow films in the 1970’s.

However after the ABC (Church Street) was tripled in 1981 the Princess Cinema became surplus to requirements and was closed.

Used as a Punk music centre,which later closed. In 1982 it became an indoor market, and a ‘street’ of bars followed but more often than not the building was closed. The attractive Hathernware faiance tiled facade is now looking uncared for but the building has had a new roof in recent years.

It became the Bizness nightclub in 1991, then the Waterfront nightclub and currently it is known as Sanuk nightclub.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 15, 2006 at 8:55 am

Here is photograph I took of the ABC Princess Cinema in June 1963:

abcman on September 30, 2008 at 6:51 am

Saw ‘Paint Your Wagon’ at the ABC Princess in 70mm in 1969. Not the best of 70mm theatres, though the sound was reasonable.

eurotrampbaz on March 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

Finished off my work as a projectionist here in 1978.

samhain on June 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

I saw The Shining and The Exorcist and Exorcist II here as well as, I think it was here, a double bill of Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween. Happy memories!

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