Designed by Architect James Green of Todmorden, Burnley Mechanics opened its doors in 1855 as a shining example of the Mechanics Movement. It aimed to provide better education and skills for the rapidly expanding workforce to meet the needs of a changing society during the industrial revolution. Local people flocked to the venue to enjoy classes in arts, science and technology and Burnley Mechanics became the focus of the town’s cultural activity.

As a result of changing social and economic patterns the original Mechanics Institute closed in 1959. In the early 1960’s the building was purchased by Burnley Council and Burnley Mechanics took on a new role as an entertainment venue, hosting famous performers, including a young singer called Tom Jones. For the next 18 years, the building had a variety of uses from concerts to ballroom to bingo club, finally closing for extensive refurbishment in 1979.

Burnley Mechanics was re-opened in 1986 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as the town’s premier entertainments venue and in the years that have followed the Mechanics have hosted some of the world’s finest talent from all realms of the performing arts including the highly acclaimed Burnley International Blues Festival which helps to ensure its international status as a unique and bustling venue.

Burnley Mechanics is a tribute to the people of Burnley, people who backed the rebirth when it was most needed and have supported the arts and entertainments so well throughout its history.

 

 

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NEXT WEEK we're joined by a superb adult cast of Valley Academy students perform what is arguably the most popular musical of all time.
Accompanied by a full live orchestra, this brilliant cast bring to life those iconic numbers Oliver is renowned for the world over.
Tues 27th June - Sat 1st July, 7:30pm / 2:30pm Saturday matinee.
Tickets £13 / £11 concessions (Tues - Thurs only)
Pre-theatre dining is only available Friday & Saturday evening, call 01282 477114 to reserve your table
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Just under a month until stars of Strictly Come Dancing, Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk, along with a team of professional dancers and singers grace the stage at The Mechanics with their tale of love and passion 'Il ballo e vita'.
Tickets are still available from the box office (01282 664400) priced at £26 or £41 for the VIP meet and greet experience.
Monday 17th July, 7.30pm.
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Afternoon Tea galore today at the Mechanics. With a special dietary requirement of a Dysphasic Afternoon Tea. We cater for all dietary requirements. A big thank you to Birchall Foodservice and Sue for advising and preparing our special dysphasic afternoon tea. ... See MoreSee Less

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** NOW ON SALE **
We Three Kings of Rock & Roll
A two-hour uplifting Rock n Roll show that will have you dancing in the isles to all the favourites from Billy Fury, Buddy Holly & Elvis.
Gavin Stanley pays a sensitive tribute to British King of Rock n Roll, Billy Fury, with songs like Another You and Halfway to Paradise.
Marc Robinson and his four-piece band The Counterfeit Crickets pay attention to detail with a tribute to Buddy Holly.
And finally, the King of Rock n Roll himself is brought to you by Steve Halliday, filled with authentic costume changes that will transport you back to the days when Rock n Roll was King!
Will Rock n Roll ever Die?
Saturday 25th November, 7:30pm
Tickets £18 / £17 concessions
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