Longridge is home to one of the oldest cinemas in the country The Palace, First opened in 1912 as a music hall and picture palace in a former market building owned by Preston impresario and filmaker, Will Onda, and powered by a primitive gas engine. It is not just a cinema its becoming a local social venue and somewhere where you can call in for a coffee a bite to eat or an ice cream and also now has a garden to enjoy weather permitting.
There are morning shows for mothers and babies, evening ones for teens and the Palace is home to its own Book and Film Clubs, regular film-making workshops as well as a small art and photography gallery.
They also now do parent and baby screenings where the lights are dimmed, sound lowered and toddler friendly environment and also autism screenings.
‘The whole audience stands up at the beginning as the national anthem is played. Very respectful and it’s like going back in time. Highly recommended! Really enjoyed the whole thing! ‘
Ticket prices are very reasonable compared to the Big Brand cinemas, your tea or coffee are served in proper mugs too. Refreshments are reasonably priced and if you want something stronger then that is available. You can book online too.
Adults – £7.00
Adults – £6.50
A limited number of parking spots can be found at the back of the cinema, on Brewery Street, PR3 3RR.
Public Transport Directions
From Preston – bus 1 stops outside the cinema.
From Blackburn – bus 35 stops just up the road.
From Blackburn – bus 876 and 5 stop just up the road.