Empire Cinema

92 Market Street,
Westhoughton, BL5 3AZ

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Located in Westhoughton, 4 miles southwest of Bolton, Lancashire. The Empire Cinema was opened prior to 1934 (possibly 1920’s). It was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system, and by 1937 was part of the J.F. Emery circuit. It had a 37 feet wide proscenium.

The Empire Cinema was closed in the early-1960’s. The building stands unused and available for redevelopment in 2014.

Note: Westhoughton is the birthplace of actor/film star Robert Shaw (“Jaws” etc), and the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs opened a pub across the street from the Empire Cinema building in a former bank building, and named it ‘The Robert Shaw’.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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