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Empire (Whitley Bay)

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1910 - 1950:
  • Current state
  • Current use
    Disused (converted to ballroom, then bingo; closed as night club)
  • Address
    35 Esplanade, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, England


Largely rebuilt in 1923 as the New Empire, only part of the basic structure being retained. The present neo-Adam stuccoed façe dates from the rebuilding. Interior completely gutted for use as ballroom, bingo and later night club. Demolition consent granted in 2008 for a replacement with residential units (although not yet undertaken in December 2008).

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  • Other names
    Gaumont, Allesta Ballroom, Sylvester's night club, New Empire
  • Events
    • 1910 - 1950 Use:
    • 1910 Design/Construction: (architect unknown).
    • 1923 Design/Construction: replaced by New Empire.
      • Percy L Browne & Glover - Architect
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed

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