Empire Cinema

9A Chalenor Street,
Guisborough, TS14 6QD

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Previously operated by: Thompson's Enterprises Ltd.

Previous Names: Empire Picture Palace

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Empire Cinema

Located in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. The Empire Picture Palace opened in 1911. By 1927 it had been re-named Empire Cinema and was operated by Thompson (Thos.) Circuit. it closed as the Empire Cinema in the late-1960’s and has been demolished. The only reminder today is Empire House, near to where the cinema once stood.

Contributed by Harry Rigby

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terry on September 4, 2019 at 5:59 pm

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The roof has been removed in preparation for the ‘wrecking ball’. It appears that two good matching still frames have been left on the front of house. Thompsons Enterprises of Middlesbrough, upon closure of the Empire, transferred their cinema operation to the nearby Carlton which had been on bingo for a while.

3ddie on September 23, 2020 at 3:28 pm

After checking my family history i have been told that my grandfather Edward Mawdsley owned the cinema in Guisborough many many years ago i am trying to find out when this was but as all my ancestors that lived in Guisborough have now died it is taking a bit of time.

HJHill on August 7, 2022 at 11:29 am

Edward Mawdsley owned the PRIORY cinema. The PRIORY is mentioned a couple of times in The Kinematograph Weekly: July 1917 in an advert quoting a letter from manager Ted Mawdsley; and December 1917 in a promotion for a film booking. Mawdsley went bankrupt in 1922. He told the hearing that he started at the PRIORY in 1916 but had to close the venue (by 1922) because renters would not accept his bookings. The PRIORY looks to have later become the CARLTON ballroom. From Kinematograph Year Book 1927, the EMPIRE is the sole cinema listed for Guisborough.

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