Askew Picture House

317-319 Askew Road West,
Gateshead, NE8 2PW

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The buildings were erected in 1880-82 and had been a butchers, then a Salvation Army barracks from 1894-1904. First licensed as a cinema in 1913 by Cecil Horn, so was known locally as “Horn’s” The cinema remained in the same family and in silent days shared films with the Shipcote Hall in Durham Road. The runners taking the films were paid 8d a night plus 4d tram fare.

The Askew Picture House became known as haunted early on and one of the runners Joseph Harrap was a spiritualist so ideal to investigate in 1914-15. The manager at the time was Dennis Eadie who was an engraver who painted the colour slides between films. One source says the Askew Picture House closed down in 1955, but may have lasted a little longer, and was demolished in 1968.

Contributed by Martin Tapsell
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