Alexandra Cinema

Higher Eanam and Dock Street,
Blackburn, BB1

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Previously operated by: Hutchinson Cinemas

Previous Names: Alexandra Hall, Alexandra Picture Theatre

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Alexandra Cinema

Located at the junction with Higher Eanam and Dock Street. The Alexandra Hall was converted into a cinema, opening around March 1909. By the late-1920’s it had been re-named Alexandra Picture Theatre. It had a 28 feet wide proscenium.

The Alexandra Cinema was closed in the early-1960’s, and was converted into a bingo club. It was later taken over by the Unit 4 group of cinemas, and re-opened as a cinema screening Bollywood type films to the Asian community. This closed closed in 1962 and it became a bingo club once again. It later became a bedding warehouse for Prestige Super Beds, and by 1995 this too had closed. The empty building was set on fire by vandals in May 1998.

The building has since been demolished for road widening of Higher Eanam.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

This webpage has a picture of the Alexandra (something less than the most inviting cinema I have ever seen) and some additional information:

Christopher John Ball
Christopher John Ball on June 21, 2016 at 4:47 am

During the 1980’s I undertook a photographic study of Blackburn for the Arts Council. Here are two images of the Alexandra during the 80’s when it was used as a carpet warehouse

Alexandra Image Link 1

Alexandra Image Link 2

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