A HISTORIC entertainment venue remains on the latest national list of Theatres at Risk.

The 125-year-old Burnley Empire on Cow Lane is on the 2020 register of endangered buildings.

But Sophie Gibson, leading the drive to revive the venue, is hopeful that work to revive it is making progress.

In spring last year it was awarded a Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme grant from Theatres Trust to enable essential building condition survey works to be carried out.

Announcing the 2020 register, former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp said: “Having access to live performance venues around the country is vital – for audiences to have a good night out but also to provide places for performers starting out to learn their craft and for communities to come together.

“There are some truly stunning and unique buildings on the Theatres at Risk Register but importantly none of them are lost causes. With the right level of support all have the potential to be restored and enjoyed for generations to come.”

Ms Gibson, chair of the Burnley Empire Trust said: “We are very much looking forward to making further progress this year along with continued support from Burnley Council, The National Trust and Theatresearch.

“I’m sure 2020 will be in interesting year for the Empire."