"finally, the Empire"
The Empire Theatre, c.1905
Public DomainThe Empire Theatre, c.1905 - Credit: E.F.A. Theatre Series
The Empire Theatre in Leicester Square opened in 1884. In 1887, it became a music hall called The Empire Theatre of Varieties before reverting to a theatre in 1898.

The building was demolished in 1927, but a second Empire Theatre, which operated mainly as a cinema, was built on the site. The cinema was refurbished in 1962 and is still in operation today as the Empire Cinema.

Follow this link for more of its history.


The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square
Creative Commons AttributionThe Empire Cinema, Leicester Square - Credit: Tedd Santana, Flickr