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Photos of the glorious Tyneside from 2014
Photo from circa 1986
And from 1997
A photo from circa 1986 which appears to show the building unused
Much of the interior remains in the current use as a carpet showroom. Floor levels have been altered but its cinema past is clearly evident.
DARNALL PICTURE PALACE EXTERIOR
DARNALL PICTURE PALACE INTERIOR
A couple of shots of the shuttered building in 1998 after bingo had closed, the building was demolished not too long after. This was a very ornate and attractive theatre in its day, located in the wrong suburb.
MAJESTIC BENWELL – note that the fly-tower has been reduced in height by now.
MAJESTIC BENWELL – The main entrance door were particularly notable, being metal with ornamental lion heads on each.
A slightly more recent photo can be seen here, still recognisably the same building:–
At some point, possibly the conversion to the pub in 1998, the screen end of the auditorium was demolished (if you look at the photo above the building seems to have a very shallow depth).
Photos of the interior taken in 2013
ALEXANDRA PALACE STAGE
ALEXANDRA PALACE AUDITORIUM
As a bingo hall in 1990 :–
Photo’s from March 2014 of the Strand Arts Centre:–
BALCONY SIDE VIEW
STALLS AND STAGE
A later photo from 1978
March 2014 photo of stage from dress circle.
GRAND OPERA HOUSE
Interior shot from 2014 here. The club has very recently changed from Gala ownership to Ritz Bingo.
Demolition plans were approved in December 2013, but as of March 2014 it was still standing:–
Board-up and for sale in 2007:–
A photo of Theatre One in 1995:–
A photo from 1991 when it was known as the Flicks – the Live Alternative:–
A photo from 1990:–
A few contemporary photos of the Capitol as a Wetherspoons pub here:–
DETAIL OF BALCONY
AUDITORIUM to REAR
A few scanned images from December 1993 here:–
AUDITORIUM TO STAGE
AUDITORIUM TO REAR
The Barn was a mixed use theatre which was part of he Dartington College of Performing Arts. Following the relocation of the college and subsequent closure of the Dartington site, the hall has had a more public remit.
Two further images of the Barn from 1991 here:
Derelict in 2007 – I think demolition came in 2008.
The Futurist was closed by Scarborough Borough Council – the decision of one man, not even the full council – on Sunday 5th January 2013 with a performance of The Hobbit II – The Desolation of Smaug.
They have been wanting to close the theatre for over a decade, looks like they may finally have got their wish.
A couple of images taken very shortly after closure in 1988
A scanned photo from 2001 of the former Kingsway