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Edinburgh, 13 - 27 Nicolson Street, Empire Palace Theatre

Theatre (19th Century), Theatre (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, 13 - 27 Nicolson Street, Empire Palace Theatre

Classification Theatre (19th Century), Theatre (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Empire Theatre; Festival Theatre; Southminster Theatre; Edinburgh Empire; Empire Variety Theatre; Edinburgh International Festival Theatre; Potterow

Canmore ID 118239

Site Number NT27SE 1462

NGR NT 26007 73258

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: William and T R Millburn 1927-8

Southminster Theatre, by Charles Sey & David Clunas (1872), demolished to make way for Empire Palace Theatre. Built by Frank Matcham, fire destroyed stage in 1911 killing illusionist The Great Lafayette. Demolished 1927. The Empire Theatre, built on the same site by the Millburn's retaining the existing rear wall.

Redeveloped as Festival Theatre by Law & Dunbar-Nasmith 1992-4, retaining previous Milburn auditorium.


Photographic Survey (2009 - 2011)

Photographed by the Threatened Buildings Survey prior to proposed additions to rear containing rehearsal space.



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