Empire Theatre

58 Front Street,
Wingate, TS28 5QA

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Located in Wingate, County Durham. The Empire Electric Theatre was opened on 24th October 1910. It was purpose built for pictures & variety, and the auditorium ran parallel along Front Street. The proscenium was 20 feet wide and the stage 15 feet deep. In 1915, the theatrical licence was not renewed, and the building became a full time cinema.

With the arrival of talkies, a British Thomas-Houston(BTH) sound system was installed in the Empire Theatre. CinemaScope was installed in the mid-1950’s, and it was closed in the mid-1960’s.

It was converted into a bingo club. After this closed, the building now has been converted into five flats, known as Empire Building.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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