Useful Info About The Empire

Taxis are available from the rank located on the opposite side of Corporation Road from the venue, via booking though the Boro Taxis app, or by calling Boro Taxis on 01642 222222.

The nearest train station to the venue is Middlesbrough Railway Station, which is around a 5 minute walk from the venue and is situated on the corner of Albert Road and Zetland Road. The postcode for Middlesbrough Railway Station is TS1 1EG.

The nearest bus station to the venue is Middlesbrough Bus Station, which is a 5 – 10 minute walk from the venue and is situated where Corporation Road meets Newport Road. The postcode for Middlesbrough Bus Station is TS1 5EA.

There are several hotels including Holiday Inn, Jurys Inn and Premier Inn within a few minutes walking distance of The Middlesbrough Empire.

There is a car park to the rear of The Middlesbrough Empire with spaces for 60 cars. This car park is free after 5PM.
There are further car parking spaces available behind the McDonald’s at the leisure park down the road from the venue. There is also free parking available at this car park after 5PM. The postcode for this car park is TS4 2AP.


The Middlesbrough Empire and Radic 8 team up to eradicate viruses.

The Middlesbrough Empire are proud to once again be able to welcome the good people of Teesside and beyond through their doors following 18 months of closure in the interest of public safety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A year and a half on from closing and safety is still very much of the utmost importance to us here at Middlesbrough’s oldest entertainment venue which is why we have installed 4 VK102 Virus Killers. These machines, made by Radic 8, are designed to eliminate 98.9% of airborne viruses, bacteria and influenza and each unit is capable of filtering an area of 165sqm. The Empire has installed these units across their main auditorium and 1st floor rooms as we strive to make the venue safer and cleaner for returning customers.

As one of a multitude of venues across the country that reopened this summer, The Empire wants to ensure that clubbers and gig goers can enjoy a return to late night revelry in the safest manner possible. Our venue owner and manager, Ashley Wem, has said that “our aim is to make our customers to feel at ease when they return so that they can concentrate on the important thing, which is enjoying themselves inside this wonderful venue”.

This additional precaution has been taken to ensure that you, our valued customers, will be as safe from airborne viruses as possible whilst inside the venue, not just in the immediate future but for months and years to come.

A VK102 Virus Killer



Opened in 1897 The Middlesbrough Empire is one of only 3 surviving theatres designed by Edward Runtz and is one of the oldest entertainment venues in the North East of England. Following constant substantial restoration, it is working successfully as a live music and performance venue with its much-loved proscenium arch stage and iconic original features remaining the focal point over 100 years after their installation.

The Empire has played hosts to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Harry Houdini, Roger Sanchez, The Arctic Monkeys and James Arthur, has supported fresh up and coming talent through BBC Introducing and NME new music tours, is an active member of the Music Venue Trust and is an official grass roots music venue, supporting and championing local talent. The Empire is also the official venue of Teesside University.