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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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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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