Princes Cinema

Edgar Street,
Accrington, BB5 1PT

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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas

Architects: William Greenwood

Functions: Housing, Office Space

Previous Names: Empire Picture Theatre, New Princes Cinema

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Princes Cinema

The Empire Picture Palace opened on 12th April 1911. It was built for Mr W. Wilson and designed by architect William Greenwood of Blackburn. Seating was provided for 450 in the stalls and 300 in the circle and the proscenium was 18 feet wide.

The Empire Picture Palace closed in the early-1960’s and became a bingo club. In 1965, the almost adjacent Princes Theatre (former Grand Theatre) was destroyed by fire and the Empire Picture Palace re-opened as a cinema, now re-named New Princes Cinema.

It was taken over by Star Cinemas circuit of Leeds. In it last few years it was known as the Princes Cinema and was closed in April 1974. The building went over to retail use as a plumbers merchants. In recent years, by 1998, it has been converted into housing, with office use on the ground floor by Appleby’s Accountants.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 25, 2008 at 9:22 am

Two photographs of the former Empire Picture Palace:
Exterior in 1998:
A close-up of the facade in March 2005:

Biffaskin on June 27, 2023 at 1:43 am

Star moved the Empire - Star Bingo & Social Club to a former Co-Operative Hall, known as Oakfield House, opening there as the New Empire - Star Bingo & Social Club.

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