Empire Picture House

20 Tichfield Street,
Kilmarnock, KA1 1PH

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Architects: Neil Campbell Duff

Firms: Duff & Cairns

Styles: Neo-Classical

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Located adjacent to the Kings Theatre (later Regal Cinema, ABC etc), the Empire Picture House was opened in 1912. Designed in a Neo-Classical style to the plans of architectural firm Duff & Cairns. In 1930 it was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system which in later years had been replaced by a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

The Empire Picture House was closed in 1965 and converted into a bingo club, but later that year it was destroyed by a fire. The remains have since been demolished and by 2017 O'Shannons Irish Pub operates on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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