ABC Sunderland

Sunderland, SR1 3HY

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paulwynn on May 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

just also wondering when the ABC was twinned – what happened to the stage area and front stalls area which did not seem to be used?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Here are 3 vintage 1937 views of the interior at the opening of the Ritz Cinema:
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Auditorium & balcony:
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Auditorium & stalls:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm

A vintage photograph of the ABC in November 1962:
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An October 2008 photograph of The Point:
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paulwynn on May 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm

is there any pictures around of the old ABC?

terry on January 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I used to do relief stints at the ABC prior to its conversion and it was 100% ABC design throughout with no ‘Union’ features at all. The plans had the architect’s name logged thereon:William R Glen – ABC’s ‘in house’ architect.

This was the only ABC in the North East designed by him; all other purpose builds were by Percy L Brown of Hartlepool. There were many other acquired theatres in the North East which became part of the vast Associated British Corporation.

The ‘twinning’ was carried out using most of the circle for screen 1( 550 seats with a new screen and tabs positioned forward of the ballustrade; rows A, B & C of the front circle were lost in the process). Screen 2 (212 seats)occupied the actors' left section of the rear stalls and the public house occupied the length of the stalls at actors' right.

I spent a short time as Assistant Manager here after the twinning and, in addition to the loss of the ‘big cinema’ atmosphere, the foyers also lost their style and grandeur by being boxed in and reduced vastly in size – such was ‘progress’ in the 1970’s