MAJESTIC ~ The Founder
Pat Collins was the son of John Collins and Norah Collins nee (Mc’Dermott) of Ireland.Pat Collins, like his contemporary George Green, was a lessee, roundabout proprietor, and bioscope exhibitor, and also went on to build up a chain of cinemas. He was born on May 12th 1859 and until his death in 1943 he was the most successful showman of his generation both on and away from the fairground.
The fairground biocscope was the early foundation of film exhibition to an audience. Pat Collins went on to travel several bioscopes on his many fairgrounds. He also established several cinemas, although his involvement in the cinematograph business appears to that of a investor and proprietor.
He was born at Boughton Heath, Chester in 1859 and was one of five children.
Pat was educated at St Werburgh’s School Chester where he did very well in the time that he was there. He became fascinated with cinematography, and after including a bioscope in many of his fairs he began to acquire cinemas, eventually owning thirteen cinemas. In his home city of Chester this would included the purpose built Collins new Cinema De Luxe (later shortened to Cinema De Luxe)in Chester, which eventually became the MAJESTIC in Brook Street.
See the David Ellis account ~ History