Tyne and Wear HER(15969): Houghton-le-Spring, Newbottle Street, Gaiety Theatre - Details
Houghton-le-Spring, Newbottle Street, Gaiety Theatre
Music Speech and Dance Venue
Opened on 29 July 1909 by Henry Hall and Joseph Ainsley (landlord of Robbie Burns Pub which stood opposite). Demolished in 1929. In 1930 the Grand Theatre was built in its place. The projectionists were Robert Geddes and Furio Riani (whose family owned the ice cream parlour opposite). The Grand was later called the Essoldo and later still the Classic. The cinema closed in March 1975 and was converted into Dee's supermarket. The building is now B & M Bargains.
Paul Lanagan, 2013, Silver screens used to be a goldmine for businesses, Seaham & Houghton Star, Wednesday June 5 2013, p 6