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Located in Staveley, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The Empire Cinema was open on 14th December 1914, and was always independently operated. In 1935, a Sheffield based architectural firm headed by Kenneth Friese-Greene were employed to design a new proscenium, and enlarge the Empire Cinema’s seating capacity by reducing the depth of the stage to 15 feet. It was operated by the Sam Graham chain based in Nottingham.
It was still listed as open in 1954, but closed in 1961. The last films to be screened were “Flora Robson in "Innocent Sinners” and Brian Keith in “Chicago Confidential”. It was converted into a Lucky Seven Bingo Club from 20th January 1962. Bingo continued until February 1970 when the nearby Wedgewood Cinema (former Regal Cinema) closed and was converted into a bingo club.
The Empire Cinema was soon demolished and today a Morrison’s supermarket stands on the site.
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