Wallaw Cinema

14 Union Street,
Blyth, NE24 2DX

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Buffer on December 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

The winter 2016/17 issue of Wetherspoon News mentions a ghosthunting group were there over Halloween with mixed success. The article said the “machine room” was the epicentre of the paranormal where a female ghost had appeared in cinema days.

terry on February 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Wetherspoons seem to be quite arbitrary re which former cinemas are sensitively restored or otherwise; they have totally wrecked the Ritz Wallsend which was designed for ABC by the same architects as the Wallaw; a similar trashing was carried out at the Regal Rochdale which was a good example of ABC’s in house architect WR Glen.

Wetherspoon’s free magazine usually includes a section devoted to their former cinema venues and they make the proud boast that they always carry out sensitive adaptations. Whilst I am tempted to write and beg to differ I have no doubt that I would receive a rather dismissive response….

Back to the Wallaw and yes, that one was lucky, fortunately. I have uploaded a photo not of the theatre itself but of an ‘on the road promotion’ for the film, ‘Payroll’ in 1961; of equal interest is a passing ‘North Eastern Railway'goods locomotive on the embankment in the background.

DavidSimpson on July 6, 2015 at 11:14 am

As can be seen from my photographs, this is a fantastic pub conversion by J. D. Wetherspoon. The duty manager kindly allowed me to go up to the rear of the former circle, not open to the public, to get a lovely photograph from that splendid vantage point.

terry on April 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The Wallaw, whilst briefly operated by Classic Cinemas, never was renamed ‘Classic’ – see my comment after the Essoldo Blyth article.

DBage on October 24, 2013 at 7:17 am

Been good reading the above postings. RE Geordielad info about it becoming a Wetherspoons pub, I see that this is scheduled to open on Dec 10th. Its good to see that the place will have a new lease of life, as I enjoyed both my time working at the Wallaw as front of house staff and then projectionist at the time the cinema was tripled and also as a patron of the cinema as well. As a keen cinema goer, I think the 30s style cinemas cant offer the same level of presentation and comfort as the new cinemas we have in our region, so am really pleased to know that the Wallaw has a new lease of life. I believe/hope that the new owners will have been sympathetic in retaining as much of the architecture that they could incorporate within the new business, as they have at The Forum, Hexham. I am keen to see the Wallaw and will visit early after it opens.Its good to know, that since the first posting back in January 2005, that The Wallaw will now be back in use, a happy ending.

geordielad on December 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

If you go to the estate agent it is under offer. It is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub. I do not know whether to be happy or sad. It is becoming derelict so this will prevent demolition but at what cost will it become a pub? Windows in walls… loosing the original lighting troughs, light fittings Lets hope not!!

CinemasRule on April 16, 2008 at 12:36 pm

i got access and was inside the wallaw cinema today 16/04/2008 and all my photos are on my myspace photo album which is linked here.

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the lobby area is flooded because of a hole in the roof which is tradgic. but that is the bulk of the damage. there is a small leak in majour screen in the upper circle section. then the rest of what is needed is simple cosmetiics replacement sound systems, new seats and some paint. other than that the building is screaming for a new lease of life. the place may look beaten down. but with some money its still possible to recindle what it had. check those pictures out and contact me on myspace if you want to talk.

john Wojowski
john Wojowski on August 21, 2005 at 4:31 pm

FAO Project, Re Wallow theatre

Can you tell me if this cinema is still available on the market to lease of for sale. I may be interested but need to view it and the area in which it is in. I was very interested in reading about it . looks like it was a real nice cinema once. I’m curious as to what is happenning with it now. There seems to be no way of contacting you direct on this site. Can you reply to me please at .uk thanks jon

Lamby on January 20, 2005 at 12:54 pm

This may seem strange but I am part of a Paranormal Group who is looking to spend the night in old places. For various reasons I believe the Wallaw may be a good location to spend the night as with other old buildings in Blyth. The was the reason for asking if anyone knew who owned it. Since my original post the News Post Leader did a photo shoot with me which should be in the local paper very soon. The idea being for the owners to let us spend the night. I am originally from Blyth so if I fail to spend the night at least there has been some publicity for what was a great cinema!!!!

project on January 20, 2005 at 12:13 am

A lot of the information above is incorrect.I worked at the wallaw from august 1984[which is when fergusons transport bought the building]to its closure last year.It was leased to and run by bob milner until 1997.During that time bob built the business up and it was a very well run popular cinema.Bob and myself restored a lot of the decor and fittings and managed to get the building listed.Since bob left i have witnessed the gradual decline until closure last year.their were many reasons which i cant go in to why the cinema ended up closing but im sure it could be restored and reopen once again.It does need someone to spend some money on it but as a keyholder i know the equipment hasn`t been removed.Its all still there.Seats,screens,projectors,etc.There have been two people interested in reopening it as a cinema and someone who wanted to turn it in to a nightclub.Nothing became of any of these proposals and now the building stands decaying.If nothing is done soon it will be to late.The building is for sale or to let if anyones interested.

Lamby on January 1, 2005 at 3:22 pm

Many Thanks for that I think I have an idea who the local haulage firm may be.

Lamby on January 1, 2005 at 2:09 pm

Does anyone know the company details of who owns the Wallaw Theatre?

howell on October 4, 2004 at 8:27 pm

Yes people I know that feeling of seeing your favorite movie house close. But I can tell you this. Dont sit there and watch it ride off into the sunset, because if you dont do something, someone else will. Theatres like this and then one I used to go to need to promote themselves within the schools and colleges for programming. Try some late night horror festivals and classic films for seniors.
Be creative and enthusiastic, and definitely not ordinary.

Also keep your fingers crossed too. It looks like a cool place, thats such a different name, but I like it.

Philippa on May 2, 2004 at 5:51 pm

although the decoration of the Wallaw cinema was not the most tasteful for the style, i think that the building is one of the most beautiful buildings in the North East and i am disgusted that more people did not support it, they choose to go to the commercial cinemas that have no atmosphere. I am a 21 year old photographer and would love to take photographs of the inside before this building becomes ignored if anyone could help me with this i would be grateful.

shanna17 on April 30, 2004 at 2:10 pm

Shame on all those that disrepect the Wallaw. It would not have got in such a state if people had not disregarded it in favour for the flashy, and quite frankly impersonal, UCI. As most people should know by now, the Wallaw closed it’s curtains for the last time on thursday night, and I think the whole county should be ashamed that it did not do more for what was a once great cinema. As with most businesses, you can only spend money after you make money, and as the cinema-going public has not been willing to support this wonderful little cinema, no wonder it had got a bit shabby of late. I have been going there since I was little and visited it regularly, and I would have continued to do so until the end of my days. It’s just a shame that no-one else has this kind of loyalty anymore.

marky313 on April 10, 2004 at 6:34 pm

I visited the Wallaw on the 10th April 2004 and I must say the building is in a disgusting state. Certainly nothing like the photo above. It is now painted in a tacky blue colour and the interior is a disgrace, the box office looks like it hasnt seen a lick of paint in 50 years! The chairs in the Minor are also terrible, squeeky, wobbly, uncomfortable, and defaced. The lighting was shocking and as for the quality of the presentation, well lets just say my home cinema at home is more enjoyable. The screen went blank twice, the sound was hissy, the picture was blurred. I would not reccomend the cinema at all, instead visit the UCI where its much better value for money and you are treat like a human!