Journal Tyne Theatre
105 Westgate Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
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This outstanding building (Grade I Listed) opened in 1867 and was designed by William B. Parnell. It remains, substantially, today much as it was when it first opened.
The theatre was taken over by Oswald Stoll’s chain Stoll Circuit, and became the Stoll Picture Theatre in 1919 (window in stained glass bearing new name still intact) and showed films exclusively from a projection box constructed in the 2nd (of 3) balconies until closure in 1974.
When the screen was removed it was discovered that the final theatre set was still largely in place!
It was restored as a live theatre but suffered a disasterous fire in 1985 when the stage was burned out (auditorium largely undamaged).
The early Victorian stage machinery was painstakingly reconstructed and the theatre reopened.
One of the most beautiful auditoriums in the country, the Opera House is well worth a visit if you are in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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