Category Archives: Preston Film Service

A Right Royal Tour of Lancashire in 1913

On the 8th July 2013 the Harris Museum & Art Gallery will host the world premiere of a new film A Right Royal Tour of Lancashire produced by North West Film Archive on the 100th anniversary of the Royal visit … Continue reading

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Will Onda’s films to feature in new DVD released for Preston Guild

On Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm a new film about Preston will premier at Preston’s Charter Theatre. The Film titled ‘Preston and its Guilds 1902 – 1992 is a collaboration between North West Film Archive and the Harris Museum & … Continue reading

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Did your mother or grandmother work for Will Onda in 1915?

Will Onda set up Preston Film Service in about 1910. By 1915 it employed some 80 people in film making and distribution. The outbreak of World War in 1914 resulted in 40 of his employees joining the army, including his … Continue reading

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Will Onda ran the Longridge Palace Cinema in 1913-14!

. The Longridge Palace Cinema near Preston is now one of the oldest cinemas in the North West. This amazing little cinema is a source of great pride in Lancashire but also shrouded in some mystery as to its origins … Continue reading

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Three men and a bioscope

A curious photograph of Will Onda was once published in the Lancashire Evening Post in 1989 by the music hall and cinema historian Geoff Mellor. Onda is shown sitting in a De Bion motorcar with three men and a woman. … 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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