Imperial Picture House

Farnham Road,
Tyne Dock, NE34 0JR

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Located in the Tyne Dock district to the south of South Shields. The Electric Theatre was opened on 19th January 1912. It was designed by architect Avery Grieves. It presented films and variety acts during its first few years of operation, and underwent several changes of management & names. By 1932 it had been re-named Imperial Picture House and was presenting films only. It was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system.

The Imperial Picture House was closed on 15th August 1959 with William Holden in “Love is a Many Splendid Thing”.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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