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Princess Cinema, Blackpool

Located on Albert Terrace, 168-170 North Promenade (North Shore), Blackpool, Lancashire. The Princess Electric Theatre originally opened in 1912 with 905 seats. It was enlarged in 1922 to seat 1,770 and a Brindley & Forster 2Manual/20Stops organ was installed. Taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in 1929.


It suffered some (mainly smoke) damage in a fire that occured on 27th June 1963 (I dated this photograph that I took 'June 1963' so it must have been within a week or two or even days before the fire). The cinema re-opened several weeks later. In the 1970's it was equipped for screening 70mm film and had the seating capacity decreased to 1,173. It closed in December 1981.


It re-opened as a 'punk' music centre, but this was short lived. In 1982 it was converted into a market hall with the floor leveled. In 1991 it was converted into a nightclub named the Bizness Pubarama.

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Taken on June 19, 1963