Will Onda ran a number of cinemas, a theatre and a dance hall in Preston and the surrounding area:
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 Regent Ballroom, Tithebarn Street
Sadly, none of these buildings survive. Although there are images of these venues on Lancashire Lantern and in the Harris Museum collection.
Onda also operated the Longridge Palace Cinema near Preston. Today this is one of the oldest cinemas in the North West.
Do you have any memories of these theatres or cinemas? Please leave your details and a comment below. Thanks.
See also my post on Preston Film Service, Onda’s film business based on Corporation Street.
Copyright: Emma Heslewood