OWNERS OF Coventry’s The Empire (cap. 900) are moving the business to a former ABC Cinema in the city centre in July.
The new venue will be able to accommodate audiences of up to 1,400, with a range of configurations available to promoters. The venue’s live music promoter Dave Brayley of DCB Events says it will play a significant role in the activity surrounding Coventry being the City of Culture next year.
The main room in the council-owned venue will feature a bi-fold wall, which when closed will reduce the capacity to 1,000. It will also provide a second room for smaller shows with a capacity of 350.
Production facilities will include an L’Acoustics sound system and Christies lighting rig. Backstage will be three dressing rooms, a crew room and catering. Bus and truck parking, with power, will also be available.
The current venue, located within Coventry University’s campus. was launched in 2015 following the closure of Hush, the former Students’ Union’s venue.
“The new venue is 100 yards from Coventry’s main square on a shopping parade; it is in a much better location with a bigger capacity that allows us to do more with the diary,” says director of The Empire Phil Rooney.Artistes playing The Empire include Levellers, Big Country, The Brand New Heavies and The Blockheads.