Tyne and Wear HER(12842): Newcastle, Northumberland Road, Ginnett's Circus - Details
Newcastle, Northumberland Road, Ginnett's Circus
In February 1890 G. Ginnett opened a circus in a temporary building in Bath Road (Northumberland Road). In March 1893 the building was leased by James Carnegie who refurbished it as a downmarket theatre called the Amphitheatre. In 1908 Harry Taft leased the theatre and renamed it the Hippodrome. It is said to have been the venue for one of the world's first beauty contests (the Blonde and Brunette Beauty Show!) in December 1905. The cinema closed on 18 June 1908 and was demolished in 1909 to make way for the new Olympia (HER 6253).
Frank Manders, 1991, Cinemas of Newcastle, page 81