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TITLE
The Empire Theatre, Academy Street, Inverness
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KIGHF_IMG_0004
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
ASSET ID
19745
KEYWORDS
theatres
plays
shows
concerts
pantomimes
The Empire Theatre, Academy Street, Inverness

The Empire Theatre, Academy Street, Inverness in the 1930s. The Photograph was taken for R. Wotherspoon of the Highland Cinema Company, Inverness.

The Empire Theatre was built in 1912. It was originally the Central Hall Picture House and became a theatre in 1934. It closed in 1970

The Empire Theatre opened on Monday 17th September 1934. The chief attraction in the opening week was an appearance by Sir Harry Lauder. Sir Harry was given an enthusiastic reception (he had last performed in Inverness in 1903) and the Inverness public commented favourably on the transformation of the former Picture House cinema.

During its first year the Empire Theatre put on a wide and varied programme including 'Prince Charlie in Song' by Inverness Choral Society, 'Clairty' starring Tommy Morgan, 'Inversneckie Calling' with Harry Gordon, and 'Cinderella', starring Tommy Lorne as 'Buttons'. The theatre was granted a public house licence in October 1934, allowing alcohol to be served between 5pm and 9pm.

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The Empire Theatre, Academy Street, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

theatres; plays; shows; concerts; pantomimes

Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum Photographic Collection

The Empire Theatre, Academy Street, Inverness in the 1930s. The Photograph was taken for R. Wotherspoon of the Highland Cinema Company, Inverness.<br /> <br /> The Empire Theatre was built in 1912. It was originally the Central Hall Picture House and became a theatre in 1934. It closed in 1970<br /> <br /> The Empire Theatre opened on Monday 17th September 1934. The chief attraction in the opening week was an appearance by Sir Harry Lauder. Sir Harry was given an enthusiastic reception (he had last performed in Inverness in 1903) and the Inverness public commented favourably on the transformation of the former Picture House cinema.<br /> <br /> During its first year the Empire Theatre put on a wide and varied programme including 'Prince Charlie in Song' by Inverness Choral Society, 'Clairty' starring Tommy Morgan, 'Inversneckie Calling' with Harry Gordon, and 'Cinderella', starring Tommy Lorne as 'Buttons'. The theatre was granted a public house licence in October 1934, allowing alcohol to be served between 5pm and 9pm.