I recently came across a great website The Media History Digital Library with some scanned journals and magazines on film and media.
While searching through the journals I came across the Global Film collection and the The Cinema News and Property Gazette (1912-1946).
If you read the 1912 copy and enter Preston in the search box you will discover an entry for a new company! The Preston Film Exchange Company which was established by Will Onda and at least one partner James Atroy. I am looking forward to seeing what records I can unearth on this £1000 company and its shareholders!