Briggate, Empire Arcade
14th December 1990 View of the east side of Briggate showing the entrance to the Empire Arcade. R.L.Gowns, ladieswear, can be seen inside the arcade. Next to it at no. 107-108 Briggate is Rose's Jewellers, then a shop in the process of being redeveloped. The arcade was opened in 1964 on the site of the old Empire Theatre, which had been there since 1898; in 1996 it was redeveloped to become the first branch in Leeds of Harvey Nichols department store, forming part of the new Victoria Quarter.
Ah....the Empire many happy memories of the moss empire from pantomimes tin my childhood to Rock n Roll Stars in my teens most of them appeared there .