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The Empress Picture House was opened in 1912. In 1914 it was extended to accommodate 1,100. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels and the proscenium was 24 feet wide. It was operated by J. Bradley and became the flagship cinema in the local Bradley Circuit. By 1931 it had been equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.
The Empress Cinema was badly damaged by a fire on 2nd April 1950, which destroyed the roof. It was repaired and re-opened on 14th April 1952. The Empress Cinema was closed in the 1960’s and was converted into a bingo club. After closing, it stood empty for several years and was eventually demolished.
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