Tyne and Wear HER(15970): Houghton-le-Spring, Newbottle Street, Empire Theatre - Details
Houghton-le-Spring, Newbottle Street, Empire Theatre
Music Speech and Dance Venue
Opened in August 1911, next door to the Gaiety Theatre. The building is now Empire House and is occupied by Houghton Carpet Centre and Houghton Dance and Performing Arts Academy. Two storeys, brick. Shopfront with three recessed doors at ground floor, four sash windows above. Dentilated eaves cornice. Rendered on north side. Evidence of a blocked square window. Street frontage looks renewed brick is different colour to chimney.
Paul Lanagan, 2013, Silver screens used to be a goldmine for businesses, Seaham & Houghton Star, Wednesday June 5 2013, p 6