Coliseum Cinema

11 New Market,
Morpeth, NE61 1PS

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Coliseum Cinema

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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. The empty building was purchased by the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs and it reopened as “The Electrical Wizard on 15th March 2011.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on July 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

On 15 March 2011, J. D. Wetherspoon opened one of their pubs on the ground floor. “The Electrical Wizard” was named after Dr. Walford Bodie, a Scots-born entertainer, known as ‘The Electrical Wizard of the North’, who was famous for his ‘shocking’ magic tricks and the use of a replica electric chair!

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