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Coral Bingo (Former Empire Theatre)

A Grade II Listed Building in Burnley, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7893 / 53°47'21"N

Longitude: -2.2463 / 2°14'46"W

OS Eastings: 383869

OS Northings: 432585

OS Grid: SD838325

Mapcode National: GBR DSRM.GC

Mapcode Global: WHB83.G0KV

Plus Code: 9C5VQQQ3+PF

Entry Name: Coral Bingo (Former Empire Theatre)

Listing Date: 29 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1244976

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467207

Location: Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11

County: Lancashire

District: Burnley

Electoral Ward/Division: Daneshouse with Stoneyholme

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Burnley

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Burnley (Habergham Eaves) St Matthew the Apostle

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 15/09/2017


ST JAMES STREET (South side)
No.118 Coral Bingo (former Empire Theatre)

(Formerly listed as No.124 Coral Bingo (former Empire Theatre))


Formerly known as: Empire Music Hall ST JAMES STREET.
Variety theatre, subsequently cinema, later bingo hall. 1894, reconstructed 1911; altered in later C20.

Rendered brick painted white; roof concealed but probably slate. Roughly square plan set back from street behind Nos 126-132 (not included) and enclosed on every side except the west (to Cow Lane). No front facade: approached by passage through No.118.

INTERIOR: the principal feature of interest is the interior, which retains most of the structure and decoration of 1911: a wide segmental proscenium arch with moulded plaster surround, panelled spandrels and central crest; a large projected two-tier box on each side, with an elaborate architrave including partly-fluted columns with composite capitals and an entablature with a corrupt-leaf frieze and dentilled cornice, and projected bow-fronted boxes with moulded plaster decoration, the lower with three rectangular panels and a central cartouche and the upper with stylised Graeco-Doric band round the bottom, a band of enriched geometric panels in the centre and a bead-and-reel cornice; two curved galleries, the upper set back, with raked seating and decoration matching that of the boxes; panelled side walls, and pilasters with festoons and foliated capitals; and a coffered ceiling with a bow-ended central compartment and dentilled enrichment.

Good example of Edwardian theatre design, and now a rare survival in a provincial industrial town: one of five built in Burnley 1876-1908.

Listing NGR: SD8386932585

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