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Mitchell Library, Theatre Collection

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Empire Theatre

In 1930 the Empire Theatre closed for major alterations and refurbishment which included extending the premises to the corner of Renfield Street. The reopening in September 1931 was a major event and occasioned the publication of a book from which this illustration of the auditorium is taken.

With its new luxurious decor, the Empire went from strength to strength. It acquired a reputation as "the graveyard of English comedians", some of whom found that their acts were not appreciated by Glasgow audiences. But genuinely talented performers could count on an enthusiastic reception.

Among those who survived an appearance at the Empire were Max Bygraves, Des O'Connor, Bruce Forsyth, Harry Secombe and Morecambe and Wise.

Reference: Mitchell Library, Theatre Collection

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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