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Report - Empire Theatre, Burnley - August 2015.

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by LancashireExplorations, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. LancashireExplorations

    LancashireExplorations 28DL Regular User
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    The History

    The Theatre opened on Monday the 29th of October 1894 with a variety show and could originally seat 1,935 people. In 1909, it was taken over by James Pringle and films were then part of the programme. The auditorium was reconstructed in 1911, to the plans of noted theatre architect Bertie Crewe and seating increased to 1,808. Re-opening on 11th September 1911, it then remained the leading theatre in Burnley until 1930.

    The Empire Theatre was closed in June 1955, but reopened under the independent Buxton Cinemas chain in December 1955. Sold to the Star Cinemas chain in December 1958, it became a bingo club in the mid-1960's, when the bingo operation was transfered from the nearby Palace-Hippodrome Theatre.

    The Empire Theatre was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage in 1996. In 2015, the building still stands unused and in a great state of disrepair.

    The Explore
    So after a couple weeks of none-stop exploring I finally grew some balls and decided to use the new entry point (Wasn't easy in the slightest) after getting in and getting very dirty found a few areas I've never been before (The Roof, behind the stage, attic)

    After a good 2 hours inside we decided to do the roof which turned out bad as my legs went through the floor and were dangling through but other than nearly dying it was fun.

    ENJOY!!
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  2. ZerO81

    ZerO81 Team Weasel
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    You really need to add the photos to the actual report so that people can see them, rather than adding them as attachments.
     
  3. LancashireExplorations

    LancashireExplorations 28DL Regular User
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    Sorted, thank you!
     
  4. GRONK

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    Nice one mate, always love to see this place.
     
  5. dweeb

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    Good to see my "Long Life" can is still where I left it!
     
  6. Coolboyslim

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    Yea had fun when me and @Reich went here. Damn traffic about 6 or 7 groups one after another lol. Was a cracking little mooch. Good to see again. Nice report and pics thx
     
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  7. urblex

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    Good stuff, great looking place this & you got some ace pics :thumb
     
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