Empire Electric Palace Theatre (Crook) is a charity with the Registered Charity no. 1164008 


21st November 2016 @ 7.30pm - The Wear at War - A film made by Lonely Tower Film and Media for Wessington U3A War Memorials group and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fun. Venue - The Rafa Spitfire Club, North Terrace, Crook.

29th and 30th November 2016 @ Various Times - Beauty and the Beast - A Pantomime Production brough to you by Talegate Theatre. Venue will be at Crook Cricket Club and tickets are available at the Empire Box Office no. 2 Mill Street, Crook.

15th December 2016 - Empire Prize Draw - Tickets available now. 

CHEAP STAMPS - Buy yours from the Electric Palace Box Office - 10 First Class at 56p each (£5.60) and 10 second class are 51p each (£5.10) - We cannot accept paypal or cards - cash or cheque only. Collection only. Get in touch and pre order to make sure we don't run out.

The Norths Oldest Purpose built cinema

it is hoped that the Empire Electric Palace will become the oldest working cinema North of Birmingham and the 4th oldest in the United Kingdom.

The Electric Palace was opened on 21st November 1910.

It closed in 1968 and was then turned into a Bingo Hall and currently is a Car Parts and Accesories shop known as Speedos. After discovering that much of the original decor from the cinema years had been retained, a group was set up in 2015 in the hope of restoring the building back to a working cinema. Crook being enroute to Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it seems Crook should be able to offer a lot to the locality.

The building will not only provide a working cinema but provide a Theatre and Arts Centre. Something which is very much lacking in the area.