Category Archives: Onda Research

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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Silent Film Posters at the Harris

Today Peter Vickers and I have been looking at a small group of silent film posters saved from a building called Regent House on Tithebarn Street more than 50 years ago. Peter has discovered the building may have belonged to … Continue reading

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Will Onda

This blog documents my ongoing research into the life and work of Will Onda of Preston who was an acrobat, entertainer, filmmaker, cinema and theatre proprietor.  Will Onda was the stage name and also the preferred name of Hugh Rain … Continue reading

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