Pathe Empire Cinema
Chaussee d'Ixelles 16,
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Opened around World War I as Queen’s Hall. This was one of the leading cinemas of the Porte de Namur district, just south of Brussels centre, together with with Acropole Cinema, Capitole Cinema and Avenue Cinema on the Avenue de La Toison d'Or. The Queen’s Hall was located in the beginning of the Chaussee d'Ixelles. For a long time it was the property of MGM distributor, like the Cameo Cinema in Brussels centre. Screening MGM movies in dubbed versions, where-as in the Cameo Cinema the movies were in their original versions.
In 1957 it was over taken by the Pathe circuit and restored as an all modern cinema. It reopened on 7th November 1957, the first movie was Charlie Chaplin in “A King in New York”. Since the programming was mostly French movies first run with the other Pathe theatres Marivaux and Pathe Palace, this was already closed in 1972. The Pathe Empire became a multiplex like the Marivaux in the centre, they were both closed in the early-1990’s due the departure of the Pathe Company from Brussels.
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