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The Empire Theatre: Back to the Future – Heritage Open Days

14th September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 21st September 2019 @ 4:00 pm

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Your once-a-year chance to discover some of North East Lincolnshire’s rarely seen historic treasures, with exciting experiences that bring local history and culture to life, for free as part of an international event!

This year, exciting venues being opened to the public include the Empire Theatre in Cleethorpes and areas of the Kasbah rarely seen. Other attractions, like Time Trap in Grimsby Town Hall and Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre will be open for free too.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event and is also held in a further 48 countries across Europe.

The Empire Theatre: Back to the Future

Location: 49-52 Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LE

Date/time: 14th Sept and 21st Sept, 10am-4pm

*Update 30 July 2019 – unfortunately these events are fully booked. However, there will be limited places available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Is booking required? Yes  https://hod2019the-empire-cleethorpes-extra-date.eventbrite.co.uk

Event Details: There is an exciting opportunity for the general public to see behind the scenes of this former theatre for the first time since the building closed as venue in 1960. Tread the same routes as our Victorian ancestors took when heading to their seats to watch a fabulous show.  See the original Proscenium Arch (top of the stage), walk along the balcony level (1st floor) and see where the former Billiard Room used to be. You make even be able to glimpse the original leaded windows.  The tour guide will have digital old photographs and floor plans to show you en route.

The Empire Theatre started life at a Public Hall in 1895.  It was made into a theatre in 1902, and remained so until its closure in 1960.  The building is currently an amusement arcade, but behind the glitz of the lights and machines, hides a wealth of original architecture.  As part of the Heritage Open Day there will also be an exhibition of old photographs, advertisements and plans etc, together with the draft plans for the imminent restoration and  conservation of the external facade and the internal fabric where it is hoped to bring the first and second floors back into use.

It is advisable to book the tour in advance, as there will only be limited tickets available on the day due to the restrictions on the tour route.


14th September 2019 @ 10:00 am
21st September 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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