92 Market Street,
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Previously operated by: J.F. Emery Circuit
Located in Westhoughton, 4 miles southwest of Bolton, Lancashire. The Empire Cinema was opened prior to 1934 (possibly 1920’s). It was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system, and by 1937 was part of the J.F. Emery circuit. It had a 37 feet wide proscenium.
The Empire Cinema was closed by the J.F. Emery Circuit in 1962. The building stands unused and available for redevelopment in 2014 and was demolished, apart from the right-hand side shop unit.
Note: Westhoughton is the birthplace of actor/film star Robert Shaw (“Jaws” etc), and the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs opened a pub across the street from the Empire Cinema building in a former bank building, and named it ‘The Robert Shaw’.
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