Empire Cinema

The Gate, Newgate Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5TG

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Screen 1 (437 Seats) Empire Cinemas Newcastle

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Located in The Gate leisure complex in Newcastle city centre, the 12-screen Odeon opened in November 2002, after the closure of the Odeon (former Paramount Theatre) in Pilgrim Street. It was almost immediately taken over by Empire Cinemas and re-named Empire.

Seating capacities in the screens range from 436, down to 67

In the Autumn of 2011, work began refurbishing and extending the cinema. When completed it will have 20 screens, including 6 luxury studio cinemas.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Cinefan on October 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been here and to be honest, the ’re-branding' was pretty poor. All EMPIRE majorly did was replace the sign at the front and some cosmetic changes. The majority of the ODEON style text is still there. Heck EMPIRE also just stickered the EMPIRE logo over the poster cases and the refreshment area menus.

NThomson on June 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

The Odeon complex opened in Nov 2002…

theatreofvarieties on May 15, 2013 at 3:56 am

full foyer refurbishment under way, completed by the summer.

Richard Wallace
Richard Wallace on October 23, 2014 at 2:47 am

Hello everyone. Does anybody know anyone who was a projectionist at the Empire – or any other Newcastle cinemas – who might want to be interviewed for a research project on cinema projectionists that I’m currently working on at the University of Warwick (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/film/research/current/theprojectionproject/)?

We’re interested in trying to understand the cinema culture in Newcastle (and a number of other cities)as well as capturing the history of cinema projection and the (changing) skills involved in doing the job.

I hope this doesn’t count a spam (I know I’m not really contributing to the conversation here), but we are genuinely interested in the cinema, the people who work(ed) there, and the changes that have taken place since its opening. If anybody wants to be involved, or can put me in touch with somebody who may want to be, feel free to send me an email (.uk).

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