Empire Cinema

5-6 Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7NA

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theatreofvarieties
theatreofvarieties on May 15, 2013 at 3:52 am

the seating that was installed in 1962 (and is still in use today albeit refurbished a few times) was made by The American Seating Company. They are still in business.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

As of this date, still 9.95 lbs all day everyday with website proclaiming that it is the Best Value in the West End.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 7:41 am

Auditorium pictured in this 1938 trade ad for the seating fabric known as Velmo Mohair Velvet: Boxoffice

zappomatic
zappomatic on February 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Is this cinema feeling the pinch? Now advertising all tickets for all screens at £9.95 all day, every day. Seems an odd tactic for what should be a premier venue and must make it the cheapest first-run cinema in the West End

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

Here’s a link to historical newsreel coverage of the 1928 grand opening of the Empire Theatre: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=81113

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

A vintage photograph from April 1955, showing the Empire Theatre playing the film “So Deep in My Heart” starring Jose Ferrer, and the Monseigneur News Theatre (later Jacey Leicester Square Cinema):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/5154554082/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 27, 2010 at 6:31 am

Vintage photographs of the Empire Theatre, and the console of its Wurlitzer organ;
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/1931.html

andysummers
andysummers on September 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Oh, one more thing the sign on the doors the letterheads typeface is still there and new Empire typeface just doesn’t fit. It looks robotic and they even took down the gold brass typeface that stood above Empire 1 I think Empire 2 had similar typeface, I never cared for Empire 2 or 3, just as I don’t care for the new Empire screens only Empire 1 I won’t pay to watch a film on wimpy sound system even thou its JBL and I’m a fan of JBL. If I’m going to travel 120 miles its for Empire 1.

Also I think its Empire I forget which number its on the far left and side up a few stairs, and wow you can hear the lows from Empire 1 fitter badly into that no bigger to swing cat around auditorium. I bet its get a lot of complaints from customs paying to watch a film in silly sized room that is about the size of fair decent home cinema.

I think Empire got a little big for their shoes and it should be knocked down and used as store room because its not suitable as cinema, I think its Empire 9?

andysummers
andysummers on September 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

@MarkDHite

You know I still can’t aspect the new look of the front it looks cheap and bland kinder reminds me of coffee and I hate coffee. The colour of the panel that now sits on the front.

The look of the late 80’s was jazzy full of sparkle colour and chactutre that draws you towards the Empire away from the Odeon LS if you get my meaning. LOL It was like a magnetic THX force pulling you towards it.

Today it just looks naff! I’ve taken so many pictures myself of the new look, which they had cheap digital cameras around in the late 80’s to bring back home some Empire memories. The late 90’s look was like thumbs down as well.

Cinema is about glitz and style just as much as important on the outside as on the inside. I guess the like to wait and see the reactions of people going in first timers or do they even care to notice that?

It’s a shame the old curtains have gone in Empire 1 as that was style second to none and now its just cheap simple curtains that pull back, not upwards then outwards as they used to.

andysummers
andysummers on September 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I was chatting to guy that runs company that outfits cinema seating nice chap. I mentioned the Empire and its rocker seats as I have just brought a set not the same as the Empire as he said that type is no longer available and that, the company went bust years ago, many years ago

I can’t recall if he said the name of the seating was called (broccoli seating)?

Anyone, anyone know if that’s the right name?

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on August 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Too bad there are no interior photos of the 1920s Empire designed by Thomas Lamb to be found online. But photos can be found in a long-ago back issue of MARQUEE magazine. Here’s one of the exterior, which has been retained. It is identical to the 1926 Albee Theatre in Cincinnati, also by Lamb! The rest of the theatre bore no resemblance.

View link

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 18, 2010 at 6:00 am

Interesting find Mike. The Allen Theatre Circuit of Canada must have only operated the old Empire Theatre for a short time, as in 1925, it was sold to Loew’s Inc., and closed in January 1927, to be demolished for the new (current) Empire Theatre building.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

This was taken over by the Allen Theatre Circuit of Canada.
Montreal Gazette June 5th, 1920 View link

Rogere
Rogere on February 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

In the old days a lot of the West End cinemas were no better inside then surburban cinemas were and they charged more to attend infact the cinemas in the East End and seaside resorts were much much better but the West End cinemas usually had much better posters and lobby cards outside. would be nice to see an old photo.

andysummers
andysummers on February 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

cinemamad

Wow is that so incredible. Are there any rare pictures of this before the cinema was refitted out?

Rogere
Rogere on January 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I went to the old Empire in 1960 to see ‘Ben-Hur’ and I was stunned MGM’s premier cinema was a dump the screen may have been big but there were poles hoiding up the balcony which must have blocked viewing from some of the seats no wonder it was gutted.

andysummers
andysummers on October 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

Well I’m going up for the Dolby digital cinema 2D experience of 2012 at the Empire Leicester Square. 3D films aren’t have a huge impact on me I mean I found myself looking around when Sid was off-screen on the rear surrounds while he tortured Toys in his back yard.

andysummers
andysummers on October 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Word is there will be a tenth 10th Empire screen coming soon! WOW at least ten is round number LOL.

andysummers
andysummers on October 3, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I was at the Empire this Friday for Toy Story Dolby 3D via Empire’s still impressive JBL 56KW THX sound system.

The show was flawless in picture and sound 10/10!

The only issue with 3D glasses is (peripheral vision) so I can see the frame on the sides of my eyes and it was annoying because it’s in the way of the onscreen action.

Maybe they can improve on it in the future. Or maybe 3D contact-lenses that way there won’t be any distraction.

Other than that it was flawless.

The SPL db at front and centre hit 115db at times a bit less than usual 120dbc. I later learned that chief projectionist on site that day said (fader was at 6) so rather than 7 as there was (only a few) in for the first 12:30pm show.

I said (I could take it at 7) LOL

I guess the fader went to mark 7 during the later part of the day.

I have nearly 150 pictures of the day and that will take nearly a few days to upload on that slow photobucket site now which has gotten real slow since the new software.

Still there is an alternative! Link to Lansing Heritage Forums where I’ve been covering it cinema with my own and some secondary research pictures of the Empire.

The Empire Leicester Square London a JBL installation!
View link

Now that saves me at least 150 or so pictures to upload. The pictures have been loaded directly onto the site for quicker view and I still have at least 20 more to upload.

Also pictures of screens 6, 7, 8 and 9 I took a few of 5 and 6 last year.

andysummers
andysummers on October 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

^^Oh, wow that was when cars could drive down the square till what sometime around the 1980’s?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 5:57 am

The Empire Theatre, photographed at night in November 1955:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2808549818/

andysummers
andysummers on August 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm

EMPIRE RULES becuase its the best looking and best sounding cineam around with JBL 56KW THX sound system, now then!

andysummers
andysummers on August 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm

(Empire 3) They’ve divided screen up is that what they’ve done because that that was 70 plus seat cinema.