Empire Picture House Cinema, Wrexham.

Empire Picture House

Lambpit Street,

Wrexham, LL13 8BG

Opened: Friday 13th May 1932

Closed: Saturday 26th August 1956

Capacity: 582 seats.. single screen

The EMPIRE PICTURE HOUSE

The Empire Music Hall opened on 1st April 1902. Silent newsreel films were shown as part of the variety programme.  For a short period it became a full-time cinema during 1914 and was known as the Empire Picture Palace, before returning to theatre use in 1915. Films were still shown occasionally.

In the spring of 1932 the variety business gave way to film once more, this time sound equipment had been installed. The building was re-named the Empire Picture House. It opened on 13th May 1932 with it’s first sound movie- “Let’s Go Native” starring Jack Oakie.

The building continued as a cinema until closure on 26th August 1956.

The building was incorporated into the adjacent Seven Stars pub, a Grade II Listed building, built in 1898, architect Thomas Price of Liverpool. The former Empire Picture House remained unused.

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