Islington has a tuneful past, from Sadler’s Wells to Collin’s Music Hall. Finsbury Park Empire Theatre is one such treasures that is now only kept alive in the archives. Built in 1910, the facade was in a similar design to Frank Matcham’s 1903-built Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre. Located at the corner of St. Thomas’s Road and Prah Road the theatre closed in 1960 and was demolished five years later. A top venue, shows and artists came direct from the London Palladium to Finsbury Park before setting off on their nationwide tours, with performances from musical hall legend Marie Lloyd, and modern celebrities Shirley Bassey and Cliff Richard to name just a few.
Make an appointment to view the archives at the Islington Local History Centre – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7527 7988