Talk:Empire, Leicester Square

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I've added a little bit, but just how much can you expand an article like this? It's a cinema. It shows premiering movies. That's it. Lee M 00:02, 8 Mar 2004 (UTC)

It also has a lengthy history as a theatre. Kbthompson (talk) 23:54, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Can anybody parafraze sentence about screen 2 - and add info about it's capacity - 349 seats.? --Pegazek 10:10, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Westminster, City and London Borough[edit]

While this probably isn't the best place, Westminster would seem to be a London borough and also a City. The Westminster article says that it is under the Status heading of its infobox and London Government Act 1963 lists it as a Borough (as Borough 1). The London borough article itself also lists it as one. I'm not sure that this article should care in any event, so unless someone objects, I will be changing the opening sentence from

The Empire is a large cinema on the north side of Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, a borough of London with city status.

to

The Empire is a large cinema on the north side of Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, London.

Cheers JonoP 11:13, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

The City of Westminster has the status of a London borough (LG Act 1963), it retains the title city from the former city of westminster, abolished in 1966. The City of London remains sui generis. Kbthompson (talk) 23:54, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
While that may be true (and I have absolutely no reason to disbelieve you), my larger point (which perhaps was lost) is that an article on the Empire cinema (or indeed pretty much any article that isn't the City of Westminster article) isn't the place to go into the subtleties of the government of the City of Westminster, which is why I I came up with my alternative version. JonoP (talk) 09:46, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
I quite agree. I try to include the name of the London Borough in every article - apart from the street it's the prime way to identify where it is. Another editor thought with the City of Westminster that that was insufficient and added 'a London bourough' to it. Someone else came along and changed it to 'a city that is also a borough of London' (although what the last bit is supposed to mean, no one knowns. I don't believe we should be tagging everything with an expanded address structure - but some people do.
I just thought of what to do, I'll add the theatre template to it. That should achieve clarity, if not satori ... Kbthompson (talk) 10:32, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
Better? Kbthompson (talk) 10:52, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, that's good (the infobox mentions London, so you can get away with not having it in the main article. JonoP (talk) 09:53, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Empire 4[edit]

Is there a reference for the fourth screen being built? It almost certainly wont be happening in 2007, the only building work recently has been the new canopy (speaking of which, I will try and get a photo with it in), nothing inside - last time I was in there, the toilets were where they have always been. JonoP (talk) 09:53, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

A quick google just shows a reference to the Empire 4 as the pub across the road! The only other thing would be to check the Westminster planning website, see if they have planning permission. Then it could be changed to 'proposed'. Next time I'm on the English Heritage website I'll try to see if the façade is listed. There are various references to the interior 'being gutted', they did turn the auditorium round in 1928 - so, I guess nothing much is left of 1880 ... they are references to a Wurlitzer, but no confirmation that it's still there ... By contrast the Talk of the Town is constructed within a 1907 theatre (which remains complete behind the panelling). Kbthompson (talk) 12:54, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

8 screens[edit]

The Empire is now a 8 screen cinema (note: there is no screen 3), not sure when this happened? If you look at the layouts, seats, one might also question why too! Kjw (talk) 17:58, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Actually 8 (no screen 3, for some reason, may just be under refurbishment). To my mind they seem to be the size of a large living room! Only 26-48 seats. Any details of the refurb would be useful. I adjusted the infobox, but not the text. Kbthompson (talk) 18:12, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

screen size of Empire 1?[edit]

It is mentioned in the article, that the screen size of Empire 1 has been expanded by 4 meters but it does not say anywhere what the actual screen size is. --200.9.3.65 (talk) 12:26, 17 March 2014 (UTC)