Empire Cinema

Thickley Close,
Shirebrook, NG20

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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas

Architects: Frederick Hopkins

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Empire Cinema

Located in Shirebrook, Derbyshire at the corner of Station Road and Thickley Close. The Empire Cinema was opened as a cine-variety house in 1910. It was designed by architect Frederick Hopkins of Worksop & Chesterfield. All seating was on a single floor. There was a large stagehouse with a 25 feet deep stage and fully equipped flytower.

The Empire Cinema was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system in 1930. In around 1950/1951, it was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain.

The Empire Cinema was closed in 1964 and became a Star Bingo Club. It was closed in the 2000’s, and the building stood empty and unused until it was demolished in the mid-2010’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

BigTrev on March 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

I was always told by my parents that the reason for the big stage was to hold brass band competitions.

dave on May 19, 2019 at 11:55 pm

Demolished between 2011 and 2016 (Google Streetmap).

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