Tag Archives: Preston

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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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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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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