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Empire Theatre

2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
UCI Cinemas
Leicester Square
West End (London) UK
0870 01 02 030

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Record #4590  
 Opened: 1928
Capacity: 1490 seats
Architect(s): Thomas Lamb; George Coles
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Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

After demolishing the original music hall in 1927, MGM appointed American theatre architect Thomas Lamb to design a new movie theatre on the site. Designed in a High Renaissance style it seated 3,226. It remained the London home for MGM premier presentations until the end of the 2 years run of "Ben Hur" in 1961. The theatre was then gutted, leaving only Thomas Lamb's facade facing Leicester Square. Architect George Coles created a modern cinema in what had originally been the circle of the former cinema and the former stalls area was converted into a dance hall.

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