Majestic Wide Screen Reopening

  On this day in history, 2 November 1953 the Mayor of Blackburn reopened The Majestic Cinema at The Exchange, Blackburn after extensive refurbishment. Looking ahead to the ceremony, Kinematograph Weekly reported: The kinema is being renovated, redecorated and refurnished and it is being equipped with wide screen—the first in the district. The Mayor of…

Goodbye Major Yorke

DEATH OF WELL-KNOWN BLACKBURN CINEMA MANAGER AT THE EXCHANGE This is how death of the manager of the Majestic Cinema at The Exchange, Blackburn made the headlines in theatre circles in 1935. There will be general regret in Lancashire kinema circles on the news of the death, at the age of 51, of Major Reginald…

Football Hero’s Cinema Court Case

  FROM THE BRITISH NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES: Kinematograph Weekly – Thursday 10 June 1920 A Kinema Tenancy. Three days were devoted in the Chancery Court at Manchester to the hearing by Vice. Chancellor R. Lawrence, K.C., of an action arising out of leasing of a picture hall at Blackburn. The plaintiffs were the Exchange (Blackburn) Ltd.,…

Swiss Choir’s Sobriety Show

Professor Andre’s Alpine Choir performed annually for several years at The Exchange as part of a UK tour. Dressed in Swiss costume, they performed a mix of sacred and non-religious tunes with some musical sketches. This was part of a programme of events promoted by the Temperance Movement. The Blackburn Times advertised the show which…