Odeon Byker

308 Shields Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2UU

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terry on November 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Photo of Bob Spurs uploaded to relevant section…..

KeithBrewster on November 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm


Like previous contributors, this was the local cinema for me as a child (1950s).

It was located at the top of the Fossway and our house was a few hundred yards further down.

Most visits were for the Saturday matinee but also saw quite a few evening films.

What I remember that is so odd now is that you could just show up and go in at any time and watch the film from that point onwards and then sit through the next showing to watch the first part of the film. And then when you got to the point where you first went in, go home.

I was too young to realise its Deco architecture but it has always been my favourite style.

It is sad that it ended its days so badly. If it had escaped the vandals it would be a asset to the Newcastle landscape.

project on August 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hi Roboot, yes i did work at the Wallaw, many happy years.

Roboot on August 2, 2015 at 7:30 am

Hello ‘project’, Did you ever work at the Wallaw Cinema in Blyth? I was manager there for a short while.

project on August 2, 2015 at 12:12 am

I was lucky enough to watch many films here as a child, and thank’s to my parents taking me, i developed a fascination for cinema buildings which has stayed with me. Blacks Regal or the Odeon Byker as I knew it closed when I was a young boy. I remember passing it when it was being boarded up just after closure. Ever since then I always wanted to get Inside to see if it was how I remembered it. I managed to do this in 1979 after seven years of closure. Unfortunately the building was badly vandalised but it still held a fascination for me as I explored every inch of it over a period of years until its demolition In 1987, after being used as a supermarket. I managed to get a lot of photo’s of the interior and exterior from various sources, including from the last manager Bob Spurs. I took a lot of photos of the building derelict and during demolition. I also managed to salvage a few momentos including a copper and glass art deco wall light from the auditorium and poster frames etc. This building was inspirational to me and started my love for cinema buildings. I then made a career out of working in cinemas as a projectionist and later manager thanks to the Odeon Byker and my parents taking me there.

nic1946 on August 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

My mother worked at this cinema as a cashier in the late 40’s, much later when we moved to Whitley Bay in the early 50’s I think I must have been 7 maybe 8 we had a neighbour who used to be the organist there and I can remember one morning with my newly acquired tape recorder going with him and sitting in the front of the circle recording while he played. I was also shown the organ chambers, amazing!

Roboot on December 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

My Mother worked here for many years during the late 60’s and early 70’s. I spent many hours with her there, sitting next to her in the ticket boot, refreshments kiosk and helping to ‘take tickets’ and count the ice creams in the ‘fridge room’ even though I was only a child!

Needless to say I had great fun there and got to know the staff at the time and got to see all the latest releases. I remember the liner style deco interior and a glass observation screen up on the circle level at the top of a sweeping staircase.

The photo here from Mr Roe shows ‘The Jungle Book’ this is exactly the time that I’m describing and I was lucky enough to be given the cut out figures of the characters at the time – another great treat for a small child of the times.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

A vintage photograph of the Odeon in January 1958:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 24, 2010 at 10:28 pm

A vintage photograph of the Odeon, playing the Rank release in April 1971: