Sunday, 18 October 2009

the Tyneside Cinema

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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.

5 comments:

  1. And it shows films that knitters can go to semi-watch - more lighting than usual - while knitting!

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  2. I knew it as the Tyneside Film Theatre and before that as the News Theatre.

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  3. Hi Rachel; I have been there on Knitting Evening.
    Novo.... you're showing your age... days of Fellini, Bunuel, Bergman etc;

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  4. I also remember the Tatler at the Haymarket.

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  5. I used to love going to the coffee rooms at the Tyneside Cinema, haven't been since the reopening though

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