Empress Cinema

Main Street,
Billinge, WN5

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Located in Billinge, to the southwest of Wigan, Lancashire. The Empress Cinema was opened in the late-1920’s. It was a very spartan building, constructed out of old World War I era corrugated iron. In the 1930’s it was equipped with a Morrison sound system. By 1947 it was equipped with a Wenzell sound system. It was operated by W.L. Sager & T. Wane who were based in Heskin, near Chorley. The Empress Cinema was still open in 1953, but had closed by 1954.

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Harry Rigby
Harry Rigby on February 20, 2021 at 5:41 am

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