Majestic Cinema

Sherburn Road,
Durham, DH1 2ER

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Majestic Cinema

The Majestic Cinema was opened on 29th August 1938 with Jeanette MacDonald in “Maytime”. It was built for and operated by Palladium (Durham) Ltd. Seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear instead of an overhanging balcony. It was equipped with an AWL sound system.

The Majestic Cinema was badly damaged by a fire on 26th August 1956. Repairs were carried out and it re-opened on 6th December 1956 with Kenneth Moore in “Reach for the Sky”.

The Majestic Cinema was closed on 4th December 1961 with Elvis Presley in “Flaming Star”. It was converted into a full time bingo club (bingo had been played for several months before closing on certain night of the week). In 2014 it operates as a Top Ten Bingo Club.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Buffer
Buffer on November 15, 2014 at 6:12 am

According to the website of new operators, Apollo the cinema first became a boxing club after closure, then a bingo club. This closed and a skateboard rink began in 1978. This gave way to bingo, which was Top Ten until 2014.

popcorn_pete
popcorn_pete on September 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Durham Advertiser at http://www.durhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/2292956.display/gives closing date as 4 December 1961. Perhaps this is THE David Simpson!

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