The Exchange Blackburn

Embracing the past to transform the future


Re:Source charity was set up by Re:Ignite Church to purchase, restore and manage “The Exchange” (former Apollo Cinema and Tiggis’ restaurant) in September 2015 to transform it into a vibrant, diverse destination for the town. The derelict Grade II listed building is rich in history but holds promise for the future.

It’s time for The Exchange to stand for something new; it’s time for it to become a destination again.

The Past

The history of The Exchange


The Cotton Exchange was built in height of the Cotton Trade. Completed in 1863, it represented the prosperity of the Cotton Trade era. It became the reason why Blackburn expanded, becoming the foremost cotton weaving town in the North.

When the Cotton Trade collapsed the Gothic building lost it’s purpose and was converted into a cinema in 1919, but finally closed in 2005 leaving the building dormant for over 10 years.

The Future

What we see for the future of The Exchange


The vision is to save this magnificent Grade II listed building from continued dereliction and see it flourish once again as a stunning venue. Even in its current state it is beautiful and awe-inspiring but The Exchange, when finished, will inspire hope and raise aspirations in the town. 

Working with the local community and business partners, the building will once again come alive and flourish.


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71-73 King William Street,
Blackburn, BB1 7DT.


+44 7377 630033

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