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I am not sure if this cinema was ever called the Dovecot. There was a Dovecot Arts Centre, including cinema, which took its name from Dovecot Street, and was located next to the Hippodrome / Cannon, and it is this operation which transferred to the ARC which opened on the site of the Cannon & Dovecot in 1998.
Now in use as a gym, with the Empire name returned. Interior seems to have been stripped of all traces of past use. Photo from December 2015.
Auditorium of the Rep in use as a pub from 2006:–
AUDITORIUM TO STAGE
A 2005 photo – looking newly spruced-up:–
A photo from 1997
Former Lounge Cinema in 2007 – I am led to believe that the auditorium is still intact, but have not been able to verify this.
A photo as Munroes from 1989:–
Running well in 2015 with the first pantomime in many years on the stage, and regular films and live streamings on the screen (usually just for one night).
Photos from November 2015:–
AUDITORIUM FROM REAR BALCONY
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE
Night time shot in November 2015
Apparently still standing in 1984, but now demolished.
Photo from 2008 here:–
Exterior photo from 1996 here:–
Photo from June 2014
Photos from June 2014
AUDITORIUM AND BALCONY
AUDITORIUM, BOX, AND STAGE
The building is currently closed having finished as the Aura nightclub – planning permission for flats recently refused (mainly demolition), local desire to return it to arts use.
Photos from October 2015
DORIC STAGE EXTERIOR
Photos from 2010 here:–
AUDITORIUM TO REAR
The Regent Bingo Club was taken over by Majestic Bingo Ltd around two years ago, and who plans to restore the building. Photos taken September 2015 here:–
REGENT ART DECO WINDOW
REGENT BINGO – STALLS TO STAGE
REGENT BINGO PROSCENIUM TOP
REGENT BINGO – BALCONY
Another view from 1977 here:–
Photos from 2015 here:–
CENTRAL CINEMA – FORMER STAGE
Photo from 2015 here:–
FORMER KINGS PICTURE HALL
CURRENT FACADE WITH ORIGINAL INSET
Contrary to the above information the cinema is surprisingly intact inside. The stalls floor has been levelled but the Edwardian plasterwork is in good contion, I think the original square proscenium arch survives, as does the small balcony.
Photos from August 2015 (with thanks to Flashing Services Ltd for access)
AUDITORIUM FROM REAR
Photos taken in August 2015, as the cinema is made ready for reopening, can be viewed here:–
ART DECO WINDOW
STAIRS TO BALCONY
AUDITORIUM TO FRONT
Thanks to Ria for access.
Some photos taken in November 2007, shortly before the New Empire Theatre was closed – sadly I did not get upstairs to the former balcony.
More details from a newspaper article:– It was designed by Messrs Howarth & Howarth of Cleckheaton and was opened on 25th November 1911. In March 1913 a fire destroyed the stage which was rebuilt and the New Pavilion reopened on 16th June 1913. From 1929-31 it reverted to being a live theatre having been primarily a cinema since 1916. Films returned 1931 with the installation of sound, but the stage was still used on a regular basis up until closure on 27th July 1968. It reopened the same year as a bingo hall which lasted 20 years. It has now been derelict for a decade and is clearly in a deteriorating state as the following pictures (July 2015) show:–