Empire Cinema

Buttermarket Street,
Warrington, WA1

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Previously operated by: Ogdens Theatres Circuit, S.M. Super Cinemas, Ltd.

Previous Names: Empire Picture Theatre

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1921, Buttermarket Street, The new Empire Cinema & Billiard Hall.

The Empire Picture Theatre was opened on 10th October 1921 with Anna Q. Nilsson in “Why Girls Leave Home”. There was a billiard hall in the basement.

In 1955, the Empire Cinema was the first in Warrington to be equipped with CinemaScope. It was closed on 11th October 1961 with Pat Boone in “All Hands on Deck”. The building was demolished and a Halford’s store was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

cinemaone on August 31, 2016 at 4:10 am

hi ‘ thank you for the info on the empire cinema butter market

street ‘ i think this was the first cinema i remember ( must

have been 4 or 5 years old ) '

a foot note '

in 1966/67 i worked as the 3rd projectionist at the odeon

butter market street ‘ i remember fred ( always came to work

on his bike ) ‘ and john ’

and you are correct ‘ when i was there they had ’

cinemeccanica projectors ‘ and ( not very reliable )

projectomatic ‘ it was a nice cinema ’ shame all

we have now is the memories '

but i believe ‘ the lower angel ’ the pub next door '

is still serving beer !'

and cinema keeps going '

PROJIE on April 2, 2018 at 2:50 am

The only cinema in Warrington to be equipped with four track magnetic sound. A poster advertised this fact.

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