Empire Cinema, John William Street, Huddersfield

This page is a bare-bones entry for a location which appears on an historic Ordnance Survey map. More detailed information may eventually be added...


  • location: corner of John William Street & Brook Street, Huddersfield
  • status: still exists but now in different use
  • category: cinema

Discovering Old Huddersfield

Extract from Discovering Old Huddersfield (1993-2002) by Gordon & Enid Minter:

Soon after turning left into John William Street notice on the right, at the top of Brook Street, a large white building. This was once the Empire Cinema which opened on the 8th March 1915. Although other cinemas were operating in the town by that time they were mainly located in converted buildings and only the Picture House in Ramsden Street preceded the Empire as a purpose-built cinema.

Historic England Listing

  • Grade II
  • first listed 29 September 1978
  • listing entry number 1288963
JOHN WILLIAM STREET (East Side). Empire Cinema. Early C20, in a classical style which complements the classicism of John William Street. Ashlar. Two storeys. Modillioned and dentilled cornice. Parapet, raised on corner with lion's mask ornament and blind semi-circular lunette with rusticated voussoirs. Canted corner, recessed slightly in middle, horizontally rusticated either side. Doors with glazing bars and two fluted Ionic columns on corner. Six ranges of windows with glazing bars on each elevation.


Empire Cinema, John William Street, Huddersfield


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This page was last modified on 10 February 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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