Pearl Cinema

Potter Street,
Willington Quay on Tyne, NE28

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Located in Willington Quay on Tyne, between Wallsend and North Shields, Tyne and Wear. The Pearl Picture Palace was opened on 21st November 1910. It was designed by architect J. Fleming Davidson and the auditorium had seating on a stadium plan, a 156-seat raised stepped section at the rear rather than the usual over hanging circle. The proscenium was 34ft wide. In June 1930 it was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system.

By 1944 it had been re-named New Pearl Picture Palace. By the 1950’s it had been re-named Pearl Cinema. In December 1960 bingo sessions were being held after the film performances had finished on three nights a week. On 23rd October 1964 it reopened following a redecoration, reseating and a CinemaScope installation. It operated on Friday to Monday only. From June 1966 it became a bingo club which was popular at first, but was soon closed. In November 1967 it was converted into a warehouse. It was destroyed by fire in 1971.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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