Cannon Studios 1-4

120 Promenade,
Blackpool, FY1 1RA

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Previously operated by: Cannon Cinemas, Star Cinemas

Firms: Gillinson Barnett

Previous Names: Studios 1-4

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Studios 1-4

Located on the Promenade opposite the North Pier, close to Talbot Square. On the site was originally Booth’s grocery store. The luxurious Studios 1-4 was built by the Star Cinemas chain as part of the Star Entertainment Centre, which also included a German Bier Keller and a discotheque. It was designed by Leeds based architects Gillinson Barnett.

The Studios 1-4 opened on 1st May 1975. Studio 1 had 238 seats and opened with "Succubus". Studio 2 had 140 seats and opened with "Monty Python & the Holy Grail". Studio 3 had 222 seats and opened with "Emmanuelle II". Studio 4 had 140 seats and opened with "Kung Fu Fighting".

The Star Cinemas chain was taken over by the Cannon Group in around 1982, and it was re-named Cannon in April 1986. The Cannon was closed on 28th October 1987 after operating seasonally for several years. The bier keller and disco continued for many years, but in 2011, only the disco remains open (using an entrance at the rear of the building) and became a nightclub named Flares (since 2016 it has operated as Popworld). The remainder of the building is shuttered.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

Fabian_Breckels on February 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Flares is now Pop World. Does anybody know if the cinemas were above the windows that were added after the place closed as a cinema? Going past recently it’s clear the windows are for a second floor of the club, so is the former cinema part still disused or now part of Pop World?

JustNiel on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

The Windows were the foyer of the cinema. The enterance has changed The doors were to the right of the building and went straight up stairs The purple doors you now see were not there it was a wall with quad frames on

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