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Empire Theatre (1914 - 1955) (Tonbridge)



  • Existence: 1914 - 1955
  • Usage: 1932 - 1955
  • Usage: 1914 - 1932


The Empire Picture Palace opened in Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent in 1914 as a cinema. From 1932 to its closure in 1955 it became a theatre and held a programme of live plays and variety shows.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Empire Theatre Poster, Week commencing Monday 2 December c1935

Reference code: 178R38.14
Scope and Contents

Tonbridge. Count Lucifer magic act, Bert Elmore comedy act, Stuart and Leigh, The Handby Celeine Trio skating act, Ramon & Ramona musical act, Al Downes acrobatic act, Mariana musical act, Earle & Ascott musical act. Blue type of off white background and solid red border. Printed by Wilson’s of Leicester.

Dates: Week commencing Monday 2 December c1935

Handby Celeine Collection

Reference code: NFA0107
Scope and Contents

Posters, photographs, programmes, 1 piece of sheet music for six instruments and a small amount of business records and correspondence relating to the dancing and burlesque comedy on skates.

Dates: c1920 - 1945; 2020

Posters, c1920 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38
Scope and Contents

British theatre posters presenting Handby Celeine acts among others.

Dates: c1920 - 1939