Tyne and Wear HER(12833): Elswick, Scotswood Road, Nos. 818-830, Crown Electric Theatre - Details
Title of image: Crown Cinema, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Artist: City Engineers
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Theatres Collection
Accession number: NCL 051696
Provider: Newcastle City Library
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Elswick, Scotswood Road, Nos. 818-830, Crown Electric Theatre
Opened 24 December 1910 on the site of the Elswick Picture Palace (HER 12832). Owned by Joseph Dobson, auctioneer and house agent. The cinema seated 2000 people (a 1922 source only says 1190). It had an aluminium coated huge screen frame with curtain borders. The builders were Messrs. W.T. Weir and Co and the architects Messrs. White and Stephenson. The floor was sloping to allow clear views of the stage and the cinema was lit by electric. The Crown abandoned variety acts in 1914. Sound came in 1931. In February 1945 it was bought by Essoldo. The cinema closed on 24 November 1962. Bingo had been played there five nights a week since October 1961. The cinema was damaged by fire and vandalism in 1971 and was demolished.
Frank Manders, 1991, Cinemas of Newcastle, pages 45-46; Frank Manders, 2005, Cinemas of Newcastle, pages 30, 99, 114, 152, 157