Empire Electric Palace Theatre (Crook) is a charity with the Registered Charity no. 1164008
The North's 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 Accessories 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 also a theatre and arts centre. Something which is very much lacking in the area.