58 Newbottle Street,
Houghton le Spring,
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Previous Names: New Empire Theatre, Empire Theatre
Located in Houghton le Spring, County Durham. The New Empire Theatre was opened in 1912 as a 750-seat cine-variety theatre. Around 1929 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.
By 1967 it was operating as a part time bingo club, with cinema use on other days. The Empire Theatre was closed as a cinema in 1968 and became a bingo club. In recent years it has been taken over by the Houghton Dance & Performing Arts Academy, and part of the building is used as their performance theatre, named the Zazz Theatre.
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