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Erected in 1857 as a Town Hall building which contained a public hall, the architects were Nelson & Innes. It was enlarged in 1889, and a stage and dressing rooms were added. Around 1912, it was operating as the Empire Theatre.
In January 1914, Bioscope shows were being exhibited and the building was converted into a full time cinema known as the Electric Empire Theatre. By 1927, it was re-named Empire Cinema.
Most of its life it was independenly operated, it had several changes of ownership over the years and in 1945 it was taken over by Lou Morris. The Empire Cinema was closed on 27th November 1954 with Dan Dailey in "The Kid From Left Field" and Tyrone Power in "The Black Swan". The building was later demolished and the site redeveloped.
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