Monthly Archives: August 2010

Yard Works on Film – coming very soon!

My film show on the Yard Works is coming together. It will include a screening of Will Onda’s masterpiece The Cotton Industry. I am also loving the newsreels provided courtesy of British Pathe. Thanks to Alan Buchanan and Geoff Senior … Continue reading

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Once every Preston Guild – a film is born!

The Preston Guild is a major event which happens in Preston in Lancashire every 20 years. Preston is now the only remaining place in Britain to still celebrate a Merchant Guild, which was once traditional in medieval market towns. The … Continue reading

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Revealed – the former headquarters of the Preston Film Service!

Will Onda set up the Preston Film Service to import and distribute silent films to cinemas. The business was based in a building on Corporation Street in Preston which still stands today. It is located opposite the University of Central … Continue reading

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Film posters at the Harris

We finished photographing the early film posters at the Harris Museum this morning. We had to use part of the Story of Preston gallery as a studio. This caused a great deal of interest from visitors to the gallery who … Continue reading

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Will Onda’s cinemas in Preston

Will Onda ran a number of cinemas, a theatre and a dance hall in Preston: The Temperance Hall, North Road The Picturedrome at Brackenbury Place (also known as the Brackie or the ranch house). The Princes Theatre, Tithebarn Street The … Continue reading

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Will Onda and Charlie Chaplin!

Newspaper reports at the time of Will Onda’s death in 1949 mention a connection between Will Onda and the great Charlie Chaplin! They state that he was one of the Fred Karno’s Mumming Birds in which he appeared with Charlie … Continue reading

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Was the film “The Little Snow Waif” inspired by the Little Match Girl?

Have now listed and documented 20 silent film posters at the Harris dating from 1910 to 1915. Includes films by Pathe, Edison, Lubin, Cines, IMP, Kalem and Selig. My current favorites are the two posters for The Little Snow Waif. … Continue reading

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