Empire Theatre

1250 Pershore Road,
Birmingham, B30 2YA

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Firms: Wood & Kendrick

Functions: Auto Showroom

Previous Names: Stirchley Empire Theatre

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The Empire Theatre

Located in the Stirchley district to the south of Birmingham. The Stirchley Empire Theatre was opened in 1912, operated by Cuthbert Morrall. Seating on one level on a flat floor with a slightly raised platform in the back, which held a few more seats. It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in 1932.

The Empire Theatre was closed in 1943, and became an auto repair garage. By 2009 it was in use as an Enterprise car hire facility.

Contributed by DEREK L.HUNT

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 15, 2004 at 9:06 am

The Empire Cinema opened in 1912. The street address is 1250 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham. It was taken over by ABC Theatres in 1932 and closed about 1943.

CSWalczak on December 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Apparently, according to this website, the Empire was popularly known as “The Bughouse”: View link

demaine on June 18, 2011 at 3:59 am

Yes it was known as the Bughouse,and it was just on one level. I believe it is now a car repair center

Mike_Blakemore on September 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

This cinema was opened by Sydney Clifts father-in-law. Its from this Cinema, he got into the business

Mike_Blakemore on October 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

His Father-in-law was William Astley

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on April 19, 2022 at 4:21 am

Currently an Enterprise Rental Garage, but the building is still there.

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