Thursday, December 13, 2018

Houdini's Burnley Empire theater saved

The Burnley Empire Music Hall where Houdini appeared in December 1902 has been purchased by the Burnley Empire Theater Trust for £1. The theater, which was built in 1894, has stood abandoned for 23 years. The news was picked up my the UK's Daily Express and tweeted out by @jamesfspencer (coincidently on the anniversary of Houdini's opening day there).

Houdini appeared for a second time in Burnley at The Palace in 1911. According to the Burnley Empire Theater Trust, at one time the city had five music halls. The Empire is the only one still standing.

You can follow the good folks at the Burnley Empire Theater Trust and help out in the restoration via their Twitter and official website.


1 comment:

  1. That's good to hear. Coincidentally, I was looking in the Internet Broadway Database for Broadway theaters where Houdini appeared, and it only listed the National (now the Nederlander) and the Hippodrome. Surprised to see no mention of the Palace or the 44th Street Theater.