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Burnley empire Theatre, march 13

scrappy

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did this about 4 years ago originally, and to say the least access was mission impossible style back then! so this time round it was a bit easier! all photos from this month.

History:-The Empire Theatre of Varieties was opened on 29th October 1894. It was designed by architect G.A. Rawcliffe, and could seat 1,500 in orchestra stalls, dress circle and gallery levels.

In 1909, it was taken over by James Pringle and films were then part of the programme. The auditorium was reconstructed in 1911, to the plans of noted theatre architect Bertie Crewe and seating increased to 1,808. Re-opening on 11th September 1911, it then remained the leading theatre in Burnley until 1930.

New owners took over and it was converted into Burnley’s ‘Superior Talkie Theatre’. Some use was made of the stage over the years, but it was mainly now used as a cinema.

The Empire Theatre was closed in June 1955, but reopened under the independent Buxton Cinemas chain in December 1955. Sold to the Star Cinemas chain in December 1958, it became a bingo club in the mid-1960’s, when the bingo operation was transfered from the nearby Palace-Hippodrome Theatre.

The last use of the stage at the Empire Theatre was on 29th October 1966, after a weeks run of the Burnley Light Opera Company production of “The Merry Widowâ€. In the 1990’s it became a Gala Bingo Club, and remained so until they moved to a purpose built bingo club in another part of town in 1995.

The Empire Theatre was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage in 1996. In 2011, the building still stands unused.

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as you can see this has a new wall fitted

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it was hining the cheap seats

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on the roof

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nooiiiiice i like that bootyful building inside some great shots there (y)

 

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That looks really nice inside compared to the outside! Great report, thanks (y)

 

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Thats lovely that great write up and pic :cool2:

Love the look of the place too and hope it gets sorted (y)

Very nice share thank you buddy (y)

 

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Blimey Scrappy, what a damn good explore! and what beautiful pictures, they're enough to grab anyones attention (y)

 

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Very nice indeed, great mix of brilliant write up and some stunning pics, thanks for posting !

(y)

 

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Considering the outside its still got some nice features inside mate good job

 

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just come back for another look, I really like this :)

 
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Now this is quality :) What a wonderful looking place, with a nice wee bit of history too. I loves me history. You've captured it well mate, what a shame to see such a magnificent theatre go to waste like that!

 

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What a tragedy to let this happen to a lovely old place like this..lovely shots too bud. :cool2:

 

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thanks guys, it really is a great building and suffering a lot from dry rot, and a shame but all these lights have been taken! which i was a little gutted about

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Took the liberty of editing your title mate bit of a typo with the word theatre (y)

 

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Nice !, sounds like a wonderful place, as well as looks it :) , thanks for the piccies =]

 

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Fantastic looking explore, could spend a while in here taking pics! Shame about all the lamps going missing though. (y)

 
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