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Pendle Hippodrome appeals for supporters to help celebrate centenary
SUPPORTERS of a Pendle theatre have issued an urgent appeal to help them celebrate their centenary in style.
Pendle Hippodrome, in New Market Street, Colne, will be 100 years old in September 2014 and ideas have been floating around as to how the landmark can be celebrated.
One suggestion, with the involvement of Colne Movie Makers, has been the creation of a short film, detailing the venue’s history.
But a Hippodrome spokesman said: “Sadly we have very little memorabilia in our possession.
“But we are sure there will be programmes and posters still in existence.
“We are appealing for the loan of anything relative to the life of the Hippodrome.
“We also want to hear from anyone who has memories of the Hippodrome from its many years as a cinema and before that as a cine-variety theatre.”
Theatre enthusiasts are also anxious to hear from anyone who worked backstage or at the ‘front of house’ who may wish to share their recollections.
Originally constructed by George Fort, in the shadow of the Town Hall, early shows comprised of variety acts, followed by a silent film. The advent of the ‘talkies’ brought the venue’s roles as a cinema to the fore.
Changing tastes would see bingo gain a foothold, from 1964, but in early 1978 the theatre was on the brink of closure.
Only a united effort by three operatic societies saved the day. However the sheer scale of repairs and renovations required – and their cost – would mean The Hippodrome did not reopen until 1986. It has continued ever since as a limited company and registered charity.
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