Empire Theater

The Empire Theater (at 419-433 High Street) lasted from 2 November 1893 to 22 April 1915 when a very large fire destroyed it. A summer theater was across the street from the Empire. The  Don Caesar de Bazan was the first production ever at the Empire.

It did theater and then burlesque but by the end was a nickelodeon. In the photo the Empire is the ornate building in the middle and the Grand is three buildings to the right.

Photo is courtesy of the Holyoke History Room at the Holyoke Public Library.

Sanborn map analysis:

Sanborn 1884 map shows all is empty

Sanborn 1889 map shows an empty lot

Sanborn 1895 map

Sanborn 1915 map

Sanborn 1949 map

Sanborn 1956 map

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