Empire Electric Palace Theatre (Crook) is a charity with the Registered Charity no. 1164008
April to October 2017 - GREAT NEWS for us anyway. We have have been chosen for this round of the Co-op Local Community Fund. All we need is you to choose us as your Co-op Local cause. You will need:
1. To become a member of the Co-op if you are not already.
2. Select our cause by signing into your online account at www.coop.co.uk/membership. Here you will be able to find out more about the fund and how, when and where you can get involved if you want to.
Everytime you buy something from the Co-op we recieve a small contribution from them.
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.