Aldershot Empire

20 High Street,
Aldershot, GU11 1DJ

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ritzman
ritzman on January 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

There are hopes that a Compton organ can be re installed at the Empire. Sadly not the original Compton from this cinema. An organ has been identified and its owner is keen to get the project up and running as are the owners of the Empire. The pipework will be installed in the original pipe chambers above the stage. If you are interested in helping to achieve this, please contact me on here & I will respond accordingly. If you have carpentry and electrical skills and knowledge that would be an advantage. Hopefully a team of volunteers can be assembled. Many thanks in anticipation.

ritzman
ritzman on August 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

The Empire is 86 today! Happy Birthday so glad you are still with us!

ritzman
ritzman on May 31, 2016 at 9:14 am

New photo uploaded of new facia signage. A Korean restaurant is now open in the original cafe/restaurant space on the first floor above the foyer. Excellent to see the Empire thriving in its new role.

ritzman
ritzman on April 17, 2016 at 8:12 am

Further photo uploaded of Picture goer magazine featuring the Empire Aldershot

ritzman
ritzman on April 17, 2016 at 8:05 am

3 new photos added 1. Original stage with decorative tabs and Compton organ in situ.Original decorative proscenium was altered to accommodate cinemascope in the mid 1950’s 2. Cafe/restaurant with original rattan furniture 3. Newly installed Victoria 8 projector 1971

ritzman
ritzman on February 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

New photo added showing the early stages of construction with the steel frame being erected.

ritzman
ritzman on November 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

4 new photos added of the newly reopened & renovated Empire. With new auditorium chandelier in place and testing of the newly installed digital projection system. Great to see new life being breathed into a fantastic early Art Deco cinema. Well-done to the new owners! This beautiful cinema could have been lost to the wreckers ball if the local council had got it’s way.

ritzman
ritzman on July 23, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The Empire has been sold by the church who currently own & occupy the building. Read the story here: http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/local-news/iconic-kings-centre-sold-property-9716600#ICID=FB-Hamps-main

ritzman
ritzman on May 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

New photo added:original view all of the auditorium upon opening August 1930

ritzman
ritzman on November 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

New photo added 01/08/1930

ritzman
ritzman on June 19, 2014 at 5:42 am

Newspaper advert for the Empire added in photo section

ritzman
ritzman on June 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

New photo added taken in 1931 1 year after opening

ritzman
ritzman on June 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

The Windows in the side wall were never used. They were always totally blocked in and never had curtains.From inside the auditorium you would never have known there were large Windows.
The Windows only became used when taken over by the Kings Church.

curmudgeon
curmudgeon on January 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Strange that a purpose built theatre would be designed with so many side wall windows. How on earth did they darken the auditorium for film presentation?

ritzman
ritzman on January 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

Looks like the photo was taken soon after closure by Rank in 1983 as all the Odeon signage has been removed from the canopy and frontage. The auditorium side wall also had a red neon Odeon sign above the 4 large windows which was repeated on the other side that faced the Ritz/ABC/Cannon/ABC/Odeon next door. Thanks for posting it Len Gazzard :–)

Ian
Ian on March 4, 2011 at 3:55 am

Another shot of the stage from the rear stalls here:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5496589512/

Ian
Ian on May 1, 2006 at 1:40 am

Interior and exterior photos of the Odeon as the Kings Church here :–

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Tod
Tod on December 5, 2005 at 3:56 am

The old Empire/Odeon needs your help to survive as it is under immediate threat of demolition.
Please see our campaign page for details:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/G181

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 7:37 am

A vintage photograph of the former Empire after becoming the Odeon here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 10, 2005 at 11:23 am

The Empire was opened on 1st August 1930. It was taken over by County Cinemas in about 1931. It was re-named Odeon from 18th January 1964 and closed on 17th October 1971.

Now called The Kings Centre, which is a Christian centre.