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The Princess Cinema, 168 - 170 North Promenade, Blackpool

Formerly - The Princess Electric Theatre - Later - Princess Cinema / ABC / Bizness Nightclub / Waterfront Nightclub / Sanuk Nightclub

Blackpool Theatres Index - Blackpool Theatres Article by Donald Auty

The former Princess Cinema, Blackpool in August 2012 - Photo M. L.

Above - The former Princess Cinema, Blackpool in August 2012 - Photo M. L.

The crumbling but interesting facade of the building currently called Club Sanuk which is situated on the North Promenade, Blackpool originally opened as the Princess Electric Theatre on the 12th of December 1912. This early Blackpool Cinema seated 905 people when it first opened but it was later enlarged to the designs of Halstead Best, and then reopened as the much larger Princess Cinema on the 10th of July 1922 with seating for 1,770 people.

The Cinema was taken over by ABC in 1929 but was closed by them in 1981. The building then went into decline and has been used for a succession of Nightclubs since, currently called Club Sanuk. Despite a new roof the rest of the building is looking pretty sorry for itself.

A photograph showing Club Sanuk, formerly the Princess Cinema, and in the distance, the Blackpool Tower, taken in November 2013 - Photo M. L.

Above - A photograph showing Club Sanuk, formerly the Princess Cinema, and in the distance, the Blackpool Tower, taken in November 2013 - Photo M. L.

There is a very nice photograph of the former Princess Cinema in 1963 here.

Some of the information on this page was gleaned from the excellent Cinema Treasures website.

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