Empire Cinema

Brookfield Street,
Earlestown, WA12

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Located in Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire. The Empire Cinema was opened by Harry Kemp in October 1912 with “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and military pictures. The Empire Cinema was closed in 1928.

It was remodelled and re-opened on 10th October 1929 with Pola Negri in “The Woman from Moscow” and Wallace Lupino in “Wedded Bliss”. In December 1930 it was equipped with a British Thomson-Houston(BTH) sound system and its first ‘talkie’ was Marion Davis in “Marianne”.

The Empire Cinema (sometimes referred to as the Empire Pavilion) was closed in 1938 and it became a Co-operative funeral home, which closed in 1988. The building was then demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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