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Name: Empire Theatre , Glasgow
Dates: 1897-1963
Notes: Opened 5 April 1897 at 31-35 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on site of former Gaiety Theatre. Proprietors: Moss Empires. The Glasgow Empire began life as the Gaiety Theatre in March 1874. It was rebuilt in 1896-7 and opened with Vesta Tilley topping the bill in April 1897. After a major refit in 1930, it became the second largest variety theatre in Britain and one of the most important venues. Stars from across Europe and America appeared there, such as Abbot & Costello, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny, Judy Garland, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. Despite the level of entertainment, the theatre closed and the site was sold off, 25 March 1963. [See: M.H. Hay, Glasgow theatres and music halls: a guide (Glasgow, 1980)]
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