Odeon Byker

308 Shields Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2UU

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nic1946 on August 10, 2014 at 6:29 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 2:08 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 11:09 am

A vintage photograph of the Odeon in January 1958:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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