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It has been announced that the cinema will close on November 30th. https://www.bristol247.com/culture/film/city-centre-multiplex-cinema-close/
It appears squatters have caused substantial damage to the cinema since closing: https://walthamforestecho.co.uk/2023/09/11/walthamstow-empire-squatters-intend-to-stay-in-trashed-new-home/
Venue appears to be currently Whistle Punks, an urban axe throwing club.
The official Picturehouse account has two videos touring the cinema and the opening.
D'oh! Trolls Band Together!
A premises notice suggests that Vue is planning to take over this site soon (opening date unconfirmed). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-67073326
It isn’t open just yet, still renovating.
Great to see photos of the open day yesterday, so thanks Alan.
CBC has a vintage news report of the drive-in from 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q13ftlLndpg
The new tenant beneath the Odeon is a Lidl supermarket.
Now closed due to Empire entering administration as of yesterday.
Now closed as of last Thursday.
Tour of the projection booth in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVKNgyEjjN8
That should be “wide” angle - darn autocorrect!
Sorry, mean to correct this description, this is actually the back of the screens hallway, taken in front of Screen 10.
Looking at the cinema’s site on Regal, this has returned as a first-run, full-price cinema.
These have been rebranded as a VIP section of the Cineworld, in line with similar sections in other Cineworlds which this served as the pilot site for. The separate entrance is now for the Starbucks on the ground floor of the Cineworld.
Given the Director’s Lounge, this cinema actually has 5 screens.
Jude Law was once spotted here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-41252146
News article about the still on-going renovation (chunks of which seems to be directly taken from this site’s blurb), which details the extensions and alterations inside and planned. The plan is to convert the site into a shared cinema/theatre space. https://www.wiltshirelive.co.uk/news/wiltshire-news/palace-cinema-devizes-redevelopment-plans-6858377
Made a video on the cinema, hence where all my photos recently came from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVMPXsRNWag