17-21 West Street,
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Located in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The Empire Cinema was opened on 26th December 1912 with 500 seats, all on a single level. It presented ‘Pictures & Varietie’s’.
In the 1953 ‘Kine Year Book’ this is listed as the Empire Cinema, with 716 seats. However, on the current frontage (it is now The Paramount, a pub) “New Empire” is embossed in the central vertical stonework and it is listed under that name in the 1940 ‘Kine Year Book’. At that time it is only listed with 450 seats. So, if these details are correct, it must have been extensively enlarged after the War.
The Empire Cinema was closed in the early-1960’s. It is now ‘The Paramount’ pub, which opened in 2007.
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