1866

A new theatre was built in Lime Street, The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House. The first performance was the opera ‘Faust’ by an Italian Opera Company.

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1867

It was renamed to honour the Princess of Wales, Alexandra Theatre and Opera House.

1896

Moss Empires bought the theatre and called it The Empire Theatre of Varieties. Electricity was installed.

1901

At this time Liverpool had more than 20 theatres. Near to The Empire were The Liverpool Repertory Theatre (Playhouse), The Royal Court, The Shakespeare and The Tivoli Palace of Varieties (The Palais de Luxe) in Lime Street.

1923/4/5

The old 1866 building was demolished and a much larger Empire Theatre was built as the largest two-tier theatre in the country. The opening show was “Better Days.” Capacity 2,348 seats. This building is still current, now modernised.

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1940

The Empire was used during World War 2 to entertain British and Allied Forces in Liverpool.

1961

Queen Elizabeth visited the Empire. Royal Gala Performance Show was “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Ice”.

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1979

Merseyside County Council saved the theatre from closure by acquiring it from Moss Empires and by setting up The Empire Theatre (Merseyside) Trust.

1986

The Trust, which is a registered charity, became the owner of The Liverpool Empire Theatre.

1998

The 75 year old Empire Theatre was fully refurbished with both the auditorium and back stage modernised with new systems for sound, lighting, ventilation, decoration and access.

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1999

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended to re-open the Empire Theatre on 22nd July.

2002

Completion of the theatre annexe and Atrium on the corner of Lime Street on the site of The Legs of Man Public House.

2007

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended the 2007 “Royal Variety Performance” at the Liverpool Empire.

2011

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) became the theatre’s Managers.

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2016

150th Year Anniversary of a theatre being on the same Lime Street site.

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