Plaza Cinema

Ford Terrace,
Pallion,
Sunderland, SR4 6LT

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Located in the Pallion district of Sunderland. Originally planned to be the Rialto Cinema, the Plaza Cinema was opened on 1st August 1936 with Al Jolson in “Casino de Paris”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 37 feet wide, and the Plaza Cinema was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. It was always independently operated.

The Plaza Cinema was closed on 12th July 1968 with Alec Guinness in “Bridge on the River Kwai”. It became a bingo club, which by 1995 was a Gala Bingo Club. In recent years Gala built their own purpose built bingo club on Pallion New Road, and closed the Plaza Cinema building.

In late-2012 it had been in use as a temporary outlet store for fireworks, but basically is not in use for anything.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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