Old Empress Cinema Burns Down
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, the Old Empress Cinema on Oldham Road has burned down:
An investigation is underway into a huge fire that caused the front of an old cinema building in Miles Platting to collapse.
Up to 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at the old Empress Building, Oldham Road.
The first crews from Manchester Central and Philips Park discovered the two-storey building well alight with flames shooting through the roof.
They immediately called for back up and were clear of the building when the front collapsed.
Debris was scattered across two lanes of Oldham Road, which was closed in the direction of Manchester to Oldham.
Note this Cinema was spotlisted as a grade 2 listed building a few years back and the authorities did nothing what-so-ever to secure this small piece of social history. Manchester City Council, Northwest film society, and English hertage all should hang their heads in shame.
So what’s new? Giving a building a listed status in the UK means nothing anymore.