The New Starlight Club (Blackburn)

 
The New Starlight Club was in Plane Tree Road, Little Harwood, Blackburn, Lancashire and opened in 1964.
 
The New Starlight Club had originally been built in 1902 as a market hall. It opened as the Star Picture Palace on Wednesday, December 28, 1910 with an original seating capacity for 1,500 and had a small stage. It was operated by Edward Taylor, and by the 1920's it boasted a cafe attached.
 
So, Little Harwood was once home to both a casino and one of East Lancashire's top cabaret venues which saw some of the biggest names in the business appearing on stage. The casino helped fund the entertainment and as a result artists such as Lonnie Donegan (1931 -2002), Acer Bilk (1929 - 2014), Vince Hill (b. 1934) and Freddie Starr graced the stage there.   
 
Sadly, changes to the gambling laws meant the end of the casino and that, in turn saw the end of the entertainment and thus The New Starlight Club in December 1970 the Tattershall family's Unit Four Cinema took over the nightclub which had been closed and would continue to operate until Saturday, November 6, 1982.
 
It is a Grade II Listed building and in 1995 was converted into a mosque.
 
Info courtesy John H. Warburg and https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/19198605.blackburns-starlight-club-casino-home-stars/

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