The News Theatre, 1939


Hand drawn pen & ink artwork by Ben Holland.

The brainchild of Dixon Scott (the great uncle of directors Ridley and Tony), the News Theatre opened on 1st February 1937. As its name suggests its programming was newsreels, documentaries, short subjects and cartoons.

The News Theatre closed in March 1968, due to the end of production of cinema newsreels. It re-opened on 17th March 1968 as the Tyneside Film Theatre which was supported by the British Film Institute. The opening film was the controversial Swedish sex comedy “Hugs and Kisses” The new name brought about a new policy of screening art house, independent and classic films.

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