Queen's Cinerama Theatre

Northumberland Place,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1

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terry on June 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Whilst the Queen’s is probably most famously associated with ‘The Sound of Music’ which ran for 140 weeks from 18th April 1965, it was also the venue where, 5 years earlier in 1960, Hitchcock’s biggest commercial success, ‘Psycho’ had an extended run (photo uploaded).

It is exactly 60 years since the film’s New York premiere whilst August 4th this year will mark the 60th anniversary of the start of its engagement at the Queen’s

NThomson on June 10, 2018 at 5:37 pm

Hi there Mr BTH, Im probably one of the last projectionists from the Queens Cinerama Newcastle, Im thrilled to hear the original projectors are still around and in working condition.

Mr_BTH on May 31, 2018 at 10:40 pm

I have the 2 Philip’s DP70 projectors from the Queens. I have spent the last 8 years restoring them to full working order. I would like to contact any of the projectionist from the Queen.

NThomson on October 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

My favourite movie being the 1969 War Blockbuster:– “Where Eagles Dare” and I remember seeing this at the Queens in 1974 just before I began my career here, all its glory on the 70mm giant screen… never forget it… nothing ever compares to this presentation….

terry on June 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Photo of original auditorium uploaded.

nic1946 on August 6, 2014 at 2:33 am

My first visit to this wonderful cinema was a school trip to see a film about the Bolshoi Ballet which would have been 1955 ish. I then saw many shows in the years after in all it’s formats. Presentation always impressed me in those days, not any more! The multiplex way seems to be just slap it on the screen!

melvynhaynes on November 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

I first saw “Lord Jim” and “Fall of the Roman Empire” at The Queen’s and was spellbound by the experience. I became a cinema projectionist, but not in such a grand cinema. The present generation has no idea what has been lost and what they are missing.I would love to see the Cresta Run sequence from “Cinerama Holiday” again. If only it could be at “The Queen’s” in Newcastle!

bentonelvis on January 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

Must agree about the sound quality.
I remember ducking when the sound of shellfire came from behind me while watching ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ in 1970.

NThomson on July 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Hope you all enjoy the two photos which I`ve uploaded from my personal collection of the Queens Cinema…

RafBoyMacham on July 19, 2011 at 7:16 am

I would just like to second the comments made by N Thomson. As a youngster I saw all the original 3 strip cinerama films and I was so impressed that I made a point of travelling over from Sunderland every time a new widescreen film came out. 2001 a space oddesy was fantastic albeit in 70 mm. I think the sound quality in this theatre was second to none and blows the socks off the latest compressed gimmicky sound you get these days in the “cubicles”. Cinerama still lives if you can make a trip to Bradford media museum. They are shown on the first saturday of each month. Fill your nostalgia boots folks. Queens Theatre, forever in my heart!

NThomson on September 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I began my working life as a projectionist here back in 1974,
before been transferred to the odeon in pilgrim street….
I dont think we will ever see a giant screen like it again... During a 70mm screening, there was nothing to compare it.... Picture and Sound quality were outstanding.... Screen size:- 75 x 31`.
I will remember the Queens with great affection….

CSWalczak on May 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

This site has a number of pictures of this theater over the years: View link

eceleticandveryinspired on March 21, 2010 at 5:39 am

Outstanding colour interior shot here:

View link

Reminds me of the Astoria cinema charing cross road London in the late 1960s

drno on September 20, 2009 at 9:06 am

This was an awesome cinema and sadly we will never see anything like it in the North East again. I remember going with my parents to see the remake of Lost Horizon there and feeling slightly dissapointed as they showed the trailer for Live And Let Die which was playing at the Odeon – ‘'why could'nt I watch that instead of this musical rubbish’‘ I asked of my parents ? – despite this dissapointment I could appreciate the grandeur and scale of the cinema.

I did visit the Queens before it closed to see the cartoon version of Lord Of The Rings – I was really impressed with the epic showmanship that the Queens was capable of – If only it was still around when Peter Jackson’s trilogy was released – Now that would
have been something !

Sadly missed and thanks for listing this forgotten classic of a cinema – Thank You

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm

A vintage photograph of the Queen’s Hall in August 1949, playing the Gaumont release:
The Queen’s Hall, photographed in March 1956, playing the Gaumont release:
The entrance to the Queen’s Cinerama Theatre, playing a Cinerama Roadshow presentation in 1971: