Tyne and Wear HER(6449): Newcastle, Pilgrim Street, Odeon Cinema (Paramount) - Details
Title of image: Odeon Cinema Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: circa 1940
Description: A photograph of the interior of the Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne taken c.1940. The view is of the auditorium and the proscenium taken from the circle.
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Theatres Collection
Accession number: NCL 039148
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Newcastle, Pilgrim Street, Odeon Cinema (Paramount)
Designed by Frank Verity and Samuel Beverley for Paramount in 1931. It was an American style super-cinema with a Wurlitzer organ, orchestra and Tiller Girls. Has a blank brick face to the street relieved by huge pilasters, brick panels and decorative stone cornice, balconies and first floor windows. It became the Odeon in 1939. Two metal Paramount logos can still be seen above the cornice at the top of the building.
N. Pevsner and I. Richmond, second edition revised by G. McCombie, P. Ryder and H. Welfare, 1992, The Buildings of England: Northumberland (second edition); D. Lovie, 1997, The Buildings of Grainger Town; Grace McCombie, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead - Pevsner Architectural Guide, p. 34 and 143; Frank Manders, 1991, Cinemas of Newcastle, 108-118; Frank Manders, 2005, Cinemas of Newcastle, pages 70-73, 75, 89-90, 91, 160