Described by The Guardian newspaper as "perhaps the finest independent cinema in the country" the Tyneside Cinema occupies a building designed and built in 1937 by Dixon Scott, the great-uncle of film directors Ridley and Tony Scott. The cinema , after years of decline, reopened in May 2008 following a £7 million pound refurbishment and restoration which included 2 additional screens in addition to its original art deco main theatre.
The cinema specialise in World, Independent and "Art-House" films but mixes these with an occasional blockbuster. It is a real gem and a delightful antidote to its multiplex alternatives. The extension and redevelopment was designed by Fletcher Priest Architects.