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Report - Empire Theatre, Burnley - April 2015

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by GK_WAX, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. GK_WAX

    GK_WAX 28DL Regular User
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    History:
    The Empire Theatre in Burnley was built for W. C. Horner of the Victoria Opera House in Burnley and designed by the architect G. B. Rawcliffe, who had previously designed the Victoria Opera House. The Theatre opened on Monday the 29th of October 1894 with a variety show and could originally seat 1,935 people. In 1911 the respected Theatre Architect, Bertie Crewe reconstructed the auditorium with a new seating capacity of 2,100, and it is Crewe's auditorium that remains to this day despite several changes of use and recent serious neglect.
    In 1938 The Theatre was converted for cinema use by the Architects Lewis and Company of Liverpool, and the seating capacity was reduced to 1,808 in the process. Like so many other Theatres around the Country the Empire was eventually converted for Bingo use but even this ceased in 1995 and the Theatre, despite being a Grade II Listed building, has been empty ever since, and is in serious decline, and listed as one of the Theatres Trust's buildings at risk.

    The visit:
    I did this one on my own and was in a rush due to parking the car in a 40 min zone !! This was the 3rd visit i've made to the theatre due to taking gash photos in recent visits so i came prepared and took my tripod along with me (best thing since sliced bread):D:D It was warm and sunny outside which is a bonus for this place due to half the stage roof missing and lets in some light. the building itself is suffering from really bad dry rot everywhere, so please tread gentle and slowly if you visit.

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    Thanks for looking
    GK WAX
     
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  2. Lavino

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    Some nice shots there gk looks a good one :thumb
     
  3. Kenni

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    Berry nice :)
     
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    Kenni you starting to like your deeps again haha :D
     
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    Derps are my favourite ;)
     
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    You can't beat a soggy carpet lol mm mm I can smell it now aahhhh :eek:
     
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    I like soggy and moist things :D:p
     
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    Me to just don't experiance it enough lol
     
  9. GK_WAX

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    Thanks guys!!
     
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    Such a shame how it's been left to ruin. I love that balcony, it's beautiful.
    Good stuff dude :thumb Cheers for sharing
     
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    I agree that balcony is beautiful, and it is awful how they have
    Left it like this.
    Very nice report :thumb
     
  12. GK_WAX

    GK_WAX 28DL Regular User
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    it is a real shame that its falling down slowly, the owner recieved a summons to "clean up" but failed to appear in court.
    Thanks for your feedback! :thumb
     
  13. WildBoyz

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    Nice report. Looks like an interesting place. Shame it's been left rot for so long.
     
  14. Miss Mayhem

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    Your welcome, I hope he doesn't get away with it completely .
     
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    Luv a good theatre me, some nice there too mate
     
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