Coliseum Cinema

11 New Market,
Morpeth, NE61 1PS

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Located in Morpeth, Northumberland. The Coliseum Cinema was opened in 1926. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had a 26 feet wide proscenium and a 23 feet deep stage. An additional facility was the provision of a cafe. Initially independently operated, in the 1930’s it was taken over by the Stanley Rogers Circuit Ltd. of Newcastle-upon Tyne.

In the late-1940’s, it was taken over by the E.J. Hinge Circuit. Around 1954, it was taken over by Wallaw Pictures Ltd. It was closed around 1964 and converted into a bingo club.

In 1976, the circle was twinned and it re-opened as a cinema, with bingo still operating in the former stalls. Later, the former stage was bricked-in at the proscenium and was converted into a gym, while the stall area ceased bingo and was converted into retail use. Part of the foyer was converted into a bar, named The Movies.

The twin screen cinema in the circle closed in 1999, and the circle divide was removed. The space was used as a mixed use cinema and nightclub for a while, but it was closed to films on 20th July 2000.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on September 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Another view of the theatre after it ceased operations as a cinema can be seen here.

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