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Old cinema faces the final curtain

Lancashire Telegraph: The derelict former Grand Social Club, in Great Harwood The derelict former Grand Social Club, in Great Harwood

AN old cinema and social club will be demolished and replaced with an apartment complex if planners give the green light.

Plans submitted to Hyndburn Council would see the old Grand Social Club, in Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, knocked down, and a three-storey block of nine apartments take its place.

The town centre site, which has a bowling green at the back, once housed the Presby Theatre.

In addition to a one-bedroom apartment, and eight two-bedroom apartments, 13 car parking spaces are planned for the 600sq metre site.

Developers BAC Property Limited, an Ashton-under-Lyne firm, said in planning documents: “The building is at the end of its useful life and the propos-ed use is residential.

“The site falls within the urban area, and is within walking distance of Great Harwood town centre.

“As the location is highly sustainable, located on a main bus route and close to the centre of Great Harwood, we would suggest that there is sufficient parking to avoid hazards in the adjacent highway.”

Great Harwood councillor Ian Robinson said: “Traditionally, the building was one of the last cinemas in Great Harwood.

“I remember it as the Grand Cinema, and I used to go as a child.

“There were two or three cinemas in the 1950s and they slowly all got closed. Then it was a social club, and it was doing really well.

“But, as with most clubs in the country, it slowly dec- lined, and for the last 10 years it has been a blot on the landscape.

“It’s on the main road into the town and it looks a mess.

“We would welcome anything like this for a building that is in a state of dereliction.”

The documents will be examined by planning officers at Hyndburn Borough Council.

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11:30am Tue 22 Apr 14

Benpupdog says...

Such a shame, I remember it as a cinema from my childhood were kids went every Saturday afternoon.
It was also a great club only brought down by lack of investment and rank bad management. The same manager also shut the Lomax pub next door.
The Grand will be sadly missed.
Such a shame, I remember it as a cinema from my childhood were kids went every Saturday afternoon. It was also a great club only brought down by lack of investment and rank bad management. The same manager also shut the Lomax pub next door. The Grand will be sadly missed. Benpupdog
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9:23am Wed 23 Apr 14

alan7554 says...

i used to do the karaoke nights there at the weekend in 2003 it was a cracking weekend,many old harwood characters getting in,Big Ste and most harwood lads and wifeswould come in and stay for most of the night and Jimmy Ashcroft was the owner then,good company and good beer even did his daughters 16th birthday do in there,it was a great little social club, but left when jimmy asked the former dj to come back, gutted as it was a nice little earner over 260 quid a weekend but thats life,i even used to work there when it was the GRAND cinema,showing people to there seats and keeping the kids quiet and helping the projectionist I think the owner was called cyril then. HAPPY DAYS
i used to do the karaoke nights there at the weekend in 2003 it was a cracking weekend,many old harwood characters getting in,Big Ste and most harwood lads and wifeswould come in and stay for most of the night and Jimmy Ashcroft was the owner then,good company and good beer even did his daughters 16th birthday do in there,it was a great little social club, but left when jimmy asked the former dj to come back, gutted as it was a nice little earner over 260 quid a weekend but thats life,i even used to work there when it was the GRAND cinema,showing people to there seats and keeping the kids quiet and helping the projectionist I think the owner was called cyril then. HAPPY DAYS alan7554
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