Zazz Theatre

58 Newbottle Street,
Houghton le Spring, DH4 4AF

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Zazz Theatre

Located in Houghton le Spring, County Durham. The New Empire Theatre was opened in 1912 as a 750-seat cine-variety theatre. Around 1929 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

By 1967 it was operating as a part time bingo club, with cinema use on other days. The Empire Theatre was closed as a cinema in 1968 and became a bingo club. In recent years it has been taken over by the Houghton Dance & Performing Arts Academy, and part of the building is used as their performance theatre, named the Zazz Theatre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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greywer
greywer on July 17, 2015 at 7:38 am

The building next door (B & M Bargains) was the Grand Theatre / Grand Picture Palace which was converted to a Kwik Save Supermarket before becoming B & M).

bluedoor35
bluedoor35 on March 7, 2018 at 8:59 am

does any one have pictures of when it was the new empire theatre?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 7, 2018 at 9:32 am

Odd name, Zazz!! Why the name Zazz?

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