Empire Cinema

550 Leeds Road,
Wakefield, WF1 2DX

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Empire Cinema

Located in the district of Outwood, north of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The Empire Cinema was opened in 1921. It had a 27 feet wide proscenium, which was widened to 35 feet when CinemaScope was introduced. It was always independently operated.

The Empire Cinema was closed in 1964, and was converted into a bingo club in 1967. The bingo club was closed in 1987, and the building became a retail carpet warehouse.

In 2002 it was transformed into the largest fish & chip restaurant that I have ever seen! You can even ‘take-away’ or drive through. The auditorium is decorated with film and theatre memorabilia.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on September 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

A photo of the Empire in use as a children’s' day nursery in 1986.


popcorn_pete on June 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

In 1940 local choirs performed the Messiah at the cinema to raise money for the British Legion and a variety concert was given in 1942 by the Lofthouse Red Cross Society.

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