Empire Theatre

5 Edinburgh Road,
Portsmouth, PO1 1DE

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Empire Theatre

Located in the centre of Portsmouth. The Empire Theatre was opened in 1891. It was designed by noted theatre architect C.J. Phipps. At the moment not much is known of its history.

Later known as the Empire Palace Theatre for a while, it was refurbished in 1913, and again in 1944. I believe it was closed in the late-1940’s.

It was demolished in 1958 and since at least 2009 a branch of Iceland supermarket operates on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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AngeloG on December 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

I don’t know if the stationary I have is for this theatre but I think it might be. Stationary has a 192 (blank space for last number of date). It says “Empire Cosy Cinema., Stamshaw Road, Portsmouth. Sole proprietess Mrs. E Parlett, Telephone 3967, Manager Wm. Pead”.

Thechurchills1 on March 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Hi, my father worked here in 1954, and recalls the cinema in stamshaw road being called ‘the forum’ or more effectionatley ‘ the bug hutch’ due to the fleas that lived there !!! If anyone is still around that worked at the empire palace please let me know :)

AndreasP on November 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

According to “The Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950”, it was demolished in 1958.

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