Empire Cinema

St. Nicholas Way,
Sutton, SM1 1AZ

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Empire Cinema

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Opened by United Cinemas International(UCI) as the 6-screen UCI Sutton on 6th April 1992 with 1,510 seats. It is located in the St Nicholas Shopping Centre in the centre of town. Seating capacities are for two screens each having 326 seats, one screen 304, one screen 296, one screen 260 and one screen 232.

It was taken over by the independent Empire Cinemas Ltd. in 2006. It was closed in June 2017 for refurbishment and enlargement to the plans of architectural firm UNICK Architects and re-opened with 10 screens on 13th February 2018.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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thomastace on June 20, 2017 at 5:31 am

This cinema is currently closed. It will reopen in December with 10 screens.

CF100 on September 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

Plans for the project can be found on Sutton Council’s website, planning application no. B2017/77471.

Two IMPACT auditoriums are to be included, one an “IMPACT LUXE” (no. 3) and the other an “IMPACT BLUE” (no. 8) (whatever that means?) There will also be a D-BOX auditorium (no. 2.)

Seats to include recliner and sofa premium options, except D-BOX (all recliner?)

Preliminary details follow (pending survey following strip out, acoustic engineer’s report, etc.)

Seat counts: 90, 30, 167, 66, 36, 96, 60, 156, 60, 107 = 868 total, of which 147 are recliners, and 238 are sofas.

Screen sizes:

IMPACT LUXE – 13.95x7.54m. (~46x25ft.)

IMPACT BLUE – 13.16x7.12m.

D-BOX – 7.71x4.17m.

Comparing to the existing plans, existing auditoria 2 and 5 are being converted to IMPACT auditoria, with all other auditoria subdivided to form an additional screen each.

The “flyer” on Empire Cinema’s website says “IMPACT Powered by Dolby Atmos,” so I assume both IMPACT auditoria will be so equipped.

Drawings submitted for planning are by UNICK Architects.

PhilipWW on October 24, 2017 at 5:03 am

I see that the screen sizes quoted fr the two Impact screens and the D-Box screen are all 1.85. With most films nowadays in Scope, this hardly seems a step forward. I can only hope that the other 7 screens are full 2.39 Scope.

DavidSimpson on February 20, 2018 at 8:46 am

I believe the press release referred to by CF100 was a touch premature. According to the Croydon Advertiser (Wednesday 14th February), the Empire opened the day before, on Tuesday 13th February. The article also confirmed that pretty much the only thing remaining from the original cinema is the outside wall.

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