Gaumont Whitley Bay

37 Esplanade,
Whitley Bay, NE26 2AL

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nic1946 on August 6, 2014 at 4:51 am

I used to go to this cinema when I lived in the town, it was the first projection box I was shown, amazing!. Memories of this Gaumont are the house lights, no dimmers just switched on or off, the same with the dressing on the tabs, side spotlights on or off. The stage was more of a shelf, very small, scope was as wide as the proscenium and the tabs had wires on the bottom to clear the screen, on some shows the doorman would appear with a long stick and poke them back into the small space provided. Later a festoon was added which I think came from the Gaumont, Newcastle. Top Rank records were played in the intermission and timed to perfection when the feature started. What ever happened to presentation!.

Ian on March 16, 2013 at 1:48 am

Another view of the former Empire here (c1994)


JohnGn on February 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I would query the statement that it was taken over by an independent. Looking through the local newspaper from that time, I can find no evidence that it saw any further use as a cinema after Rank closed it. Latterly, it showed the National release, but subsequently, National releases were spread among the other three cinemas in the town. As a child, I recall seeing the Hammer version of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” at this cinema.

Ian on May 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

The former Gaumont was demolished several years ago, and in June 2009 the site was still vacant.