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Tyneside interior. Picture: Tyneside Cinema
The first floor c 1937

Cinema on the move

From 24 November the Tyneside Cinema will relocate to Gateshead as the Pilgrim Street site is restored to its former Art Deco-inspired glory.

The Tyneside Cinema in Pilgrim Street is a cultural institution in Newcastle.

First opened as the "Bijou News-Reel Cinema" in 1937, the Tyneside is now the only News Theatre in Britain that still operates as a cinema.

It has undergone many changes and redesigns over the years, but now the cinema is set to be restored to its former Art Deco-inspired glory.

Home from home

Cinema frontage 1930s. Picture: Tyneside Cinema
The cinema in the 1930s

From 24 November the Tyneside is relocating to Gateshead Old Town Hall while the  building on Pilgrim Street is undergoing redevelopment.

But dedicated cinema-goers don't need to worry. The Old Town Hall's original Victorian stage and balcony have been carefully restored to create an impressive venue for screening films, so the "Tyneside Cinema in Gateshead" should feel just like a home-from-home.

And the much-loved Coffee Rooms - which date back to 1938 - are also moving across the Tyne to Gateshead with the cinema.

Eastern influences

While the cinema continues to do business in Gateshead, the Pilgrim Street building will undergo extensive redevelopment, expected to last until early 2008.

Cinema in 1983. Picture: Tyneside Cinema
Cinema interior in 1983

The newly restored Tyneside will feature a roof extension with two brand new film screens, and other areas of the building, including the stairwell, foyers, and Coffee Rooms, will be restored to reveal the original mosaic decoration and stained glass windows.

The original paint scheme will also be brought back to life. When it first opened the cinema was a colourful place - full of purples, greens and golds, influenced by the travels of cinema-creator Dixon Scott in the Middle and Far East.

Further additions to the cinema will be new education spaces with facilities to train people in film and editing skills and displays on the history of the cinema.

The newly renovated Tyneside is set to reopen in 2008, showing more films than ever. We can't wait!

More information

For more information on the redevelopment project and how to find your way to the Old Town Hall in Gateshead, visit the Tyneside Cinema website.

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