Basic Site Details

Name: Empire Theatre of Varieties
Town, district or village: Cowdenbeath
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Cantilever principle. To hold 1,500-1,600.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Theatre  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41899  Original building
Item 2 of 427 December 1907 Opened 
Item 3 of 4January 1908  Completed
Item 4 of 41922  Converted into cinema


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3John Daniel Swanston A18991908 
Item 2 of 3Swanston & Legge A1899c. 1902Completed by Swanston after dissolution of partnership
Item 3 of 3Swanston & Syme A19041908Begun by Swanston prior to partnership


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp217-8
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder XCIV p50
Item 2 of 4Builder1907XCIII p 772
Item 3 of 4Building News XCIV p5
Item 4 of 4Fife Free Press4 January 1908