Newcastle upon Tyne,
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Located in the west Newcastle district of Benwell. The Rialto Cinema was opened on 19th May 1937 with Shirley Temple in “Dimples”. It was built for and operated by the E.J. Hinge Circuit of Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. Seating was provided for 668 in the stalls and 358 in the circle.
KYB 1942 is more forthcoming with the following information: 1,050 seats; a 26ft wide proscenium onto a 20ft deep stage that was 50ft wide; and there were 5 dressing rooms. The Hinge Circuit’s office had moved to Northumberland Street in Newcastle.
It was still the same information in KYB 1954, except seating had fallen by 2 to 1,048. The Rialto Cinema was closed on 25th June 1961.
Photographs show that the building was on bingo in 1963. Current (2014) Google Earth views shows the area much cleared/demolished.
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