Empire Theatre

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Empire Theatre

Empire Theatre

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Taken on: January 23, 2012

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Empire Theatre

This is a relatively recent photo posted on 28DaysLater.co.uk. Several ‘urban explorers’ have visited and photographed the decaying theatre.

The steeply-stepped upper circle was boarded off when the theatre became a cinema. Other photos show the very basic seating arrangements still up there: patrons sat on the step where the feet of those behind them were rested; cast-iron upstands supporting a single horizontal plank/backrest was the only seat-like provision.

Projection was from the rear of the lower circle.

The photo shows the raised height of the stage for bingo purposes, with access to the under-stage area. Note the seminar-room style chairs in the circle for bingo cards.

There is a stream behind the stage which may, in part, explain why the building wasn’t upgraded for live theatre use; the depth of the small stage cannot be extended.

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HJHill on July 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

Having revisited the 28DaysLater photos, I’m not so sure that projection was from the rear of the lower circle. The sight lines were very tight from there, with the soffit of the upper circle being very low at the front. Visibility was unimpeded for seated patrons, but I doubt there was head room for a projection beam to clear the heads of people standing up. Perhaps someone with direct knowledge could clarify this aspect.

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