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1898 – The Empire Palace of Varieties: A New Companion for the Theatre Royal

The Royal Concert Hall, the Theatre Royal’s sister venue, opened its doors in 1982.  However, this same site on South Sherwood Street was once the home of the much loved Empire Palace of Varieties – Nottingham’s biggest and finest music hall, designed by the eminent architect Frank Matcham.  Listen on to hear an eye-witness description of the Empire’s opening night and its extraordinary decor and interior.

Theatre Royal and Empire Music Hall, circa 1900-6 © Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Theatre Royal and Empire Music Hall, circa 1900-6 © Nottingham City Council and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Double deck four-wheeled electric tramcar with an advertisement of the Empire Music Hall, circa 1905 © Thelma Summers and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Double deck four-wheeled electric tramcar with an advertisement of the Empire Music Hall, circa 1905 © Thelma Summers and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Empire Music Hall, 1959 © George L Roberts and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Empire Music Hall, 1959 © George L Roberts and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, 1985 © Reg Baker and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, 1985 © Reg Baker and www.picturethepast.org.uk

Posted On: October 22, 2015 By: Hidden Tales   Preview   Direct link   Back to #Hidden Tales of the Theatre Royal: Animating the Archive 

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