New Coliseum Cinema
248 Whitley Road,
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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.
Previous Names: Coliseum Theatre, Coliseum Grand Cinema
Located in the centre of Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear. The Coliseum Theatre was opened on 14th May 1910. In May 1912 it became the Coliseum Grand Cinema. It was taken over by the military during World War I. It was extensively altered in 1919, reopening as the New Coliseum Cinema on 16th February 1920. It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 23rd December 1929 and they made further alterations to the building.
It was briefly taken over by an independent operator from 22nd November 1970, until it finally closed as a cinema on 1st May 1971. It became an independent bingo club.
Plans were passed in 2004 for the auditorium to be demolished, and offices and a library were built on the site. The facade and front of the building was retained and is in retail use.
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