Title: The Empire Cinema, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes 1920 - Closer View
Author: The Doncater Rotophoto Co., Ltd.
Date: An April 2019 image taken directly from an original photographic postcard. The only handwriting on the reverse is "September 11th 1920".

This fine, Victorian building opened as the Alexandra Theatre in 1896. By 1913, it had been re-named the Empire Theatre. Live theatre continued until c1920 when it became a cinema, as in the photo.

Between 1939 and 1945, the building was requisitioned for war use. In 1946, it re-opened as a theatre. Stars such as Tommy Cooper appeared there. In 1959, the Empire became a cinema once more until finally closing in 1964.

This Grade II listed building is still there with traces of white paint on the side. It has served as a bingo hall and is now an amusement arcade and laser games centre.

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