Empire Cinema

The Gate, Newgate Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5TG

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Richard Wallace
Richard Wallace on October 23, 2014 at 2:47 am

Hello everyone. Does anybody know anyone who was a projectionist at the Empire – or any other Newcastle cinemas – who might want to be interviewed for a research project on cinema projectionists that I’m currently working on at the University of Warwick (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/film/research/current/theprojectionproject/)?

We’re interested in trying to understand the cinema culture in Newcastle (and a number of other cities)as well as capturing the history of cinema projection and the (changing) skills involved in doing the job.

I hope this doesn’t count a spam (I know I’m not really contributing to the conversation here), but we are genuinely interested in the cinema, the people who work(ed) there, and the changes that have taken place since its opening. If anybody wants to be involved, or can put me in touch with somebody who may want to be, feel free to send me an email (.uk).

theatreofvarieties on May 15, 2013 at 3:56 am

full foyer refurbishment under way, completed by the summer.

NThomson on June 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

The Odeon complex opened in Nov 2002…

Cinefan on October 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been here and to be honest, the ’re-branding' was pretty poor. All EMPIRE majorly did was replace the sign at the front and some cosmetic changes. The majority of the ODEON style text is still there. Heck EMPIRE also just stickered the EMPIRE logo over the poster cases and the refreshment area menus.