Originally opened as Chorley's first electric cinema in 1910, Chorley Little Theatre has become a thriving arts venue in the centre of the town. Since 1960 it has been owned and operated by the amateur dramatics group CADOS, who have been putting on high-quality productions for over 85 years. CADOS now present at least 6 productions per Season (a Season runs from January until December)


It is also the home of the award-winning Chorley Youth Theatre who meet every Saturday, putting on shows throughout the year; and Chorley Empire Community Cinema who present the cinema experience on their 21-foot wide screen with 8-Speaker Surround Sound.

It's a great venue for comedy, with touring comedians visiting all year round; and intimate music events with great local bands.

Run entirely by volunteers the Theatre is fully equipped to present a great night out. The intimate auditorium is perfect for plays, musicals, comedy and music.

It has 236 fully-furbished seats, state-of-the-art sound systems and a full range of lighting equipment.

There are 2 spacious Dressing Rooms to the rear of the stage which include room for costumes and props.

Our fully-licenced Empire Bar has a wide range of drinks at reasonable prices. The building has disabled access throughout the public area, including a toilet, and the auditorium is fitted with hearing loop. There are 3 spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium.