New 77 Club (Brierfield)
The New 77 Club was in Burnley Road, Brierfield, Lancashire and opened on Friday, December 15, 1961.
The New 77 Club had started out as The Brierfield Cinema, the first purpose-built cinema on Burnley Road at the junction with Crabtree Street. It opened on Thursday, July 15, 1915 with Mary Pickford in 'Tess Of The Storm Country.' It had a barrel- vaulted ceiling, a small stage, two dressing rooms and no balcony.
It later changed ownership and opened as The New Star Cinema on Monday, January 18, 1932 with Western Electric (WE) sound. It closed around ca. 1956 and then reopened with another owner for a few weeks; and then closed again in March 1957. Yet another owner reopened it on Friday, May 23, 1957 with 'The Admirable Crichton' with Kenneth Moore and Cecil Parker. This owner only lasted until it closed on Saturday, January 24, 1959 in 'Anchors Aweigh' with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
In April 1959 it opened as a Sports Centre that failed.
On Sunday, July 21, 1961 it opened as The Rockin' Shoe Disco and became The New 77 Club on Friday, December 15, 1961.
The New 77 Club closed in November 1967 because of changes in the gambling laws.
Information courtesy John H. Warburg. 13 July 2022