The Empire Theatre, Charles Street, where Houdini appeared, demolished in 1960, and pictured here around 1910 (Picture Sheffield ref no s01600)

Take a look at Sheffield’s lost Empire Theatre – where a circus tiger once got loose

Here is one of Sheffield’s lost places of entertainment - the Empire Theatre on Charles Street in the city centre.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:45 pm

The grand theatre opened in 1895 and it hosted a lot of music hall shows. One amazing fact – a circus appeared there in the 1930s and one of the tigers got loose and badly mauled a man cleaning its cage. There were chaotic scenes but finally it was recaptured three hours later – and the show went on. The building was demolished in 1960.

These photographs are from the Picture Sheffield collection.

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