New Empire Theatre

22 Alexandra Street,
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1BU

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lennivlek
lennivlek on September 7, 2011 at 2:32 am

I worked here for two years 1985 to 1986 as a projectionist

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 20, 2008 at 7:26 am

The auditorium of the ABC at its re-opening after modernisation in June 1962:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 18, 2008 at 6:16 am

A vintage photograph of the ABC on its re-opening 7th June 1962:
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A vintage photograph of the ABC foyer in 1962:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 1, 2005 at 6:41 am

The Empire Theatre was built in 1896 and closed in early 1920 for conversion by George Coles and Adams into the Rivoli Cinema.

The Rivoli Cinema opened on 31st May 1920 and it had a cafe and a church organ was installed. In 1928 it was equipped with a Christie 2Manual theatre organ which was rebuilt in 1936 after Union Cinemas had taken over operating the cinema. It was rebuilt with additional ranks as a Wurlitzer 3Manual/10Ranks instrument.