Empire Promenade

Definition

Theater

  • A once-famous feature of the former Empire Theatre, LeicesterSquare, London, consisting of an open space behind the dress circlewhere prostitutes would regularly parade. In 1894 Mrs Ormiston Chantof the London County Council campaigned for the closure of the EmpirePromenade and its adjoining bars. This led to the erection of canvasscreens between them, but these were soon demolished by a riotouscrowd, a prominent member of which was the young Winston Churchill.Brick partitions were subsequently built.
    Thus the temples of Venus and Bacchus, though adjacent, wouldbe separated, and their attack on human frailities could only be deliveredin a successive or alternating and not in a concentrated form.
    Winston Churchill: My Early Life
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