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Report - Burnley Empire Theatre - July 2013

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by FocusOnScott, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. FocusOnScott

    FocusOnScott 28DL Full Member
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    Hi again guys...

    A lovely day out to the Burnley empire theatre. It was absolutely roasting outside but once inside I could see my own breath! Not the easiest place to explore and definitely not the safest but a good trip none the less. Anyway...on with 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 2011, the building still stands unused.


    Now on with show!!! Enjoy!


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    Thanks for reading!!!
     

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