Empire Theatre

29 Wakefield Road,
Normanton, WF6 2BT

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Normanton Empire in January 2004

Located in Normanton, West Yorkshire. The Empire Theatre was opened in 1886. By 1934 it was operated by the Pavilion Picture House Co. Ltd of Leeds, and a Western Electric sound system had been installed. By 1937 it was operated by London & Southern Super Cinemas Ltd.

Around 1953 it was taken over by the Leeds based Star Cinemas chain. They were still operating the Empire Theatre in 1966. By 1968 it had closed and became a Star Bingo Club, which was still open in 1971.

The building was converted into a 5-bedroomed house. In February 2012 planning permission had been granted to convert the building into 12 apartments and was ‘For Sale’.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Wakefieldroader on August 14, 2017 at 9:14 am

I lived about 3 hundred yards from the Empire so on the way home I could visit Brooks’s fish shop on the Broad Flags. From the age of 11 to about 14 my cousin was the cashier and on more than one occasion she said “go on through”. Among my early memories was the commissionaire Mr Scholey, he wore the full regalia and no one messed about when he was around. I well remember a lad started to clap to the music beat in “Rock around the clock” and he was immediately ejected. Another memory was the “Coming soon” posters in the foyer and waiting for the film “High Noon” my memory tells me that it was coming for about 18 months. Happy days

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