A plan for necessary repairs has been concluded, outlining essential roof maintenance for Empire Consett in the upcoming months.

The County Durham venue is set to temporarily close its doors to the public on Thursday, 8th February, to facilitate the scheduled works.

Due to the nature of the works and health and safety regulations, it will not be possible for the building, including the venue’s café Empire Lounge, to remain open during the work.

“Empire Consett has been providing entertainment to theatregoers and cinema lovers for over 100 years and we understand it is very much the heart of the community. 

“These essential maintenance works to the roof will ensure that the venue can go on to give top quality shows and performances for visitors, in a comfortable and safe venue.”

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships

Online and telephone bookings will not be affected by the closure, and a temporary Box Office in Blackhill and Consett Park is to be installed for in-person bookings.

The temporary Box Office will be open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays whilst the venue is closed.

Empire Consett is due to reopen in Autumn 2024 with works scheduled to be completed in time for the venue’s autumn season including Leah Bell and the company’s magical panto Cinderella.

Ahead of closing, Empire Consett will continue to screen films over the coming weeks with showings of acclaimed dramas One Life, The Boy In The Boat and The Holdovers with tickets costing just £5.

Find out more and book online at empireconsett.co.uk 


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