Empire Cinema

Crest Road, Cressex,
High Wycombe, HP11 1UA

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Empire Cinema

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Opened as the Wycombe Six on 25th July 1987, this 1,750 seat capacity multiplex was operated by CIC, and it was built to replace the ageing Frogmoor Cinema in the centre of the town, as well as the Odeon Castle Street. It is located in Cressex, which is on the outskirts of the town, near Wycombe Air Park at Booker. This cinema has a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour, as well as a bar and an American style restaurant.

It was transfered to the Filmworks company, followed by UCI and then Odeon Theatres. Empire Theatres took control in October 2005.

Seating capacities in the 6-screens are; 1. 209, 2. 285, 3. 355, 4. 355, 5. 284 and 6. 209. In February 2009, two additional screens were added that have digital presentation.

Contributed by Zak Woodman

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Cinefan on February 20, 2008 at 4:55 am

Well, at least the EMPIER cinemas @ the Limelight in Sunderland isn’t as bad as this one, as the only evidence of Cineworld is the Cineworld star on the Tickets, Pick and mix and Games sign. If only I saw an example of UCI/thefilmworks branding left.

ron1009 on March 27, 2008 at 7:34 am

Went to this cinema on its opening day way back in 1987 it was one of the first multiplexes built in the UK and one of the first to have THX installed & 70mm was a great showpiece,on a recent visit (have not lived in the area for over 15 years or so)it now has stadium seating installed together with DIGITAL projection installed in all screens!Cineworld have never operated this site but has the same holding company

andysummers on May 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

I think they should install THX back into its main screen, what was the number of that screen as I’ve only been there one?

theatreofvarieties on June 13, 2008 at 2:45 pm

The THX screen was screen number 1 but during the refurbishment in 2002 the screens were re-numbered and it is now screen 3.
Cineworld do not own this cinema and contrary to a previous posting, is not ‘part of the same holding company’ It is owed wholly by Empire cinemas and is not being shut or bulldozed and is holding it’s own very well against the 12 screen Cineworld that has opened in the town centre.

theatreofvarieties on February 17, 2009 at 6:06 am

two new digital screens have just opened here taking total to 8 screens

ron1009 on June 12, 2009 at 5:24 am

Sorry should have stated Empire purchased this cinema off Odeon which Cineworld is in the same group of companies, on a recent vist I saw “The Boat That Rocks” projected on film! in Screen 4 it looks if it had the digital equipment had been removed! Has the cinema stopped stating “Digital Presentation?” I also went into screen 8 very small theatre was built in the old bar area looked ok as a mini cinema

andysummers on August 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm

This cinema site hasn’t or won’t even grab my attention not if they don’t have the original JBL THX specification set-up which was 10/10. I mean I thought alien Earth encounters installed it from another world because it was out of this world.

I don’t care what you think about THX we’ve all been to the site we’ve all read the white papers on the whole capper and as far as I’m concerned it’s the only thing that would get my on coach to travel from Bournemouth to High Wycombe. But! Not if they don’t have THX that is on par with the original because that was untouchable.

Cheesebrush on May 2, 2010 at 2:13 am

I used to visit this cinema on a fairly regular basis specifically for the amazing THX screen back in the days when it was owned by UCI. I think the first film I saw there was Star Trek: Generations and I stopped going once a new cinema much closer to me opened with a THX screen (although that only lasted 6 months).
I went back there a few years ago when I heard they’d converted to all digital projection, in the hope that the former THX screen would still be pretty good. Unfortunately I was in for a bit of a shock.
The auditorium has been totally gutted and filled with low quality, rickety stadium seating, the plush red draped walls are now pretty much just painted breeze blocks, all the subdued lighting has gone as has the pleated screen curtain. The only thing this screen now shares with it’s predecessor is the same geographical location; there is quite literally NOTHING left from its days as one the best (if not the best) cinema screens in the country.
I really can’t understand the logic of it. Odeon (or whoever it was who refitted it) must have spent a reasonable amount of money just to make it a shadow of its former self. It’s like taking a Ferrari to a garage, asking them to spend £20k on it and they give you back Ford Mondeo.
My advice to AndySummers… don’t visit there; what they’ve done to the place will make you cry! Even just typing this now is making me angry!

andysummers on August 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm


Wow what a sheer waste and shame and shame on Empire cinemas UK.

Yeah that’s pretty much how I vaguely recall see it. It had fabric for the amazing sonic acoustics of stillness it was like no other, propose made THX certified screen.

I’m pretty sure the surrounds was placed behind the fabric as they’re no sign of them when I saw Arachnophobia.

I can picture the crappy wall paint on the concrete I guess Empire cinemas are now into crappy cheap fast digital waste of time cinema with fake 3D.

theatreofvarieties on May 15, 2013 at 4:02 am

the refurbishemnt that removed the THX screen was done in 2002 by UCI.

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