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Previously operated by: Star Cinemas
Architects: Frederick Hopkins
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.
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I was always told by my parents that the reason for the big stage was to hold brass band competitions.
Demolished between 2011 and 2016 (Google Streetmap).