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Liverpool Empire Theatre is located on Lime Street in Liverpool, England. It is the largest theatre in Liverpool, and the largest two-tier theatre in Britain. It is part of the William Brown Street conservation area.

It was designed by W. and T. R. Milburn and opened on 9 March 1925 and was built by Moss Empires on the site of the Royal Alexandra Theatre and Opera House, the former New Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House.

The theatre seats a total of 2,381 audience members and puts on approximately 80 shows a year.


In April 1979 Merseyside County Council bought the theatre from Moss Empires, who spent £680,000 on works in the next two years. It is managed by Live Nation and in recent years has undergone a £10.5 million regeneration.

The theatre bars are open one hour prior to the performance and will close immediately following the interval (or immediately following the start of the performance if there is no interval). Please note that drinks are not permitted in the auditorium, stairwells or foyer. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the venue.

Interval drinks orders can be placed in advance at the bars for most performances.  There is a kiosk serving a selection of confectionary in the main theatre foyer. A cloakroom is available on the ground level for bulky items that cannot be kept under seats. Binoculars are available for hire and are situated on the backs of seats (for those seats of some distance from the stage). A limited number of booster seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Getting There:

If you're coming to the Empire Theatre by car, then car parking couldn't be easier, with the following car parks all two minutes from the Empire: 
St John's Shopping Centre
Queen Square Car Park
NCP Lord Nelson Street
If you have Satellite Navigation, the postcode is L1 1JE.

Inter City services run from all major towns and cities, including hourly services from London, into Lime Street Station, which is situated right next door to the Theatre. Northern Line services from South Liverpool and Southport run to Moorfields station

Numerous local bus services stop on Lime Street and the street which adjoins it, Renshaw Street. Queen's Square Bus Station is an easy 5 minute walk from the station. The National Express coach station at Great Norton Street is a short 5-10 minute walk along London Road.

Contact Details:

Liverpool Empire
Lime Street
L1 1JE
Telephone: 0151 708 3200