Empire Theatre

Oxford Street,
Swansea, SA1

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Empire Theatre

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A large building dominating the middle of Oxford Street, the Empire Theatre opened in 1900. It was the second Empire Theatre to be opened by Oswald Stoll, the first being the Empire Theatre, Cardiff.

Located immediately next door to the Carlton Cinema, it screened films just after the war. It was closed in 1957 when Moss Empires Ltd. decided to down size their operation on the huge variety circuit around the UK. The Empire Theatre was demolished in 1960.

Swansea was then left with only one live theatre, the Grand Theatre. Talking to many Swansea residents who remember the Empire Theatre, they all tend to say that it was the Empire Theatre that Swansea should have kept as its main theatre. They also describe it as being very beautiful inside. It was the first public building in Swansea to be lit by electricity.

Contributed by Ian Howells

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2008 at 7:11 am

This website has a photo of an Empire Theater on Oxford Road from around 1950. You can expand the photo by clicking on it.

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