Empire Theatre

129 Orange Avenue,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Vivian Theatre

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Empire Theatre

The 1,200-seat Vivian Theatre was opened in 1922. It was equipped with a Robert-Morton 2 manual organ. It was renamed Empire Theatre in 1935 with seating still listed at 1,200. The theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary E.J. Sparks and later by Florida State Theatres.

The Empire Theatre closed in 1956 and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Chuck

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CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Apparently it was destroyed by fire in 1956 as evidenced by this photo.

Nick DiMaggio
Nick DiMaggio on November 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

Address in header is incorrect. Please change to 129 Orange Ave. Verified correct location with theatre ad in Daytona Beach Morning Journal.

See front page for article on fire that destroyed theatre on April 2, 1956: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=OWslULmvb_UC&dat=19560403&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

DavidZornig on May 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Multiple fire photos here.


DavidZornig on May 16, 2020 at 2:59 pm

I am finding several references to this originally being the Vivian Theatre at the same address and opening prior to 1929. Maybe the Empire name began in 1935?

DavidZornig on May 17, 2020 at 10:50 am

1929 photo as Vivian Theatre added courtesy Harry Smith. Promotion for “Street Girl”.


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