The interior of the rebuilt Empress ahead of its reopening on Easter Monday 1952. It looks to be a bare-bones rebuild with little alteration to the interior, despite the reported loss of “200 seats”. As seen elsewhere in a colour photograph, the roof was of corrugated-asbestos.
The opening film was Samson & Delilah, with Lamar and Mature. released in the USA in 1949, it had been one of the UK top ten box office attractions for 1951; so it was hardly a recent film which launched the rebuilt Empress.
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