It was good enough for vaudeville; now it's even better for music and theater events.. In Short The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre's intimate setting makes for excellent sightlines. Due to adjustable orchestra platforms, the space not only accommodates theater settings, but cabaret and banquet events as well. One of the city's oldest most reputable entertainment venues, the Empire Theatre is located in the heart of downtown. Built in 1914, the design is Victorian with touches of European refinement throughout the auditorium. Plaster moldings overtake the walls, while gold leaf is used as an outline.