Playhouse

Park Road,
Whitley Bay, NE26 1LZ

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JohnGn
JohnGn on February 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

This cinema had a stadium layout with the rear stalls over the entrance foyer. Although films took over from December 1931, it did still see occasional stage use after that. I recall as a child in the fifties seeing the ventriloquist Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews (who then had a poular radio (!) show) here with a pathetically small audience. The Essoldo was the first Whitley Bay cinema to be equipped for Cinemascope showing The Robe from 17 May 1954 for two weeks.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 25, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Great picture Ian.thanks for getting it on.