The Tyneside Cinema was originally built as Newcastle’s News Theatre in 1937 and today it’s the only purpose-built newsreel theatre in the UK still operating as a cinema.If you want to find out more about the history of the Tyneside Cinema and newsreel theatres, come and have a look around our fascinating building.
The Tyneside Cinema is a unique and historic building that’s well worth seeing first-hand. You can either wander round by yourself or with one of our expert tour guides. All tours are free.
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Free guided tours of the building take place at 11.15am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. These are led by one of our expert tour guides. Guided tours are completely free - book in advance (call 0845 217 9909) or get your ticket at Box Office on the day.
Hand over your ticket in the Tyneside Bar and you’ll get 50p off a hot drink of your choice too – bargain!
Alternatively, wander round and explore the Cinema at your own leisurely pace. Explore the building between 10.00 and 10.00pm everyday – pick up a free building guide from the Box Office.
Want to look around the Tyneside Cinema in a group? No problem - for parties with over ten people or for special requests, please get in touch with our Box Office team on 0845 217 9909 or email us here with 'Heritage Tour Enquiry' in the subject line, and we'll get back to you.
Every day at 11.30am we screen original newsreel footage in the Classic Cinema. Experience first-hand what newsreels were and what they were about. Find out more
In the Electra you can now see architect Peter Yates’s 1976 mural, originally displayed in the old Cinema 2/Electra screen.
Peter Yates began his career as an illustrator and model-maker, and took drawing lessons in Paris from Georges Braque at the end of the Second World War. He was a founding partner of Ryder and Yates, an architectural practice responsible for some of the most innovative and individual buildings built on Tyneside from the early 1950s onwards.
After many years hidden from view, Yates’s amazing mural was rediscovered when the Tyneside Cinema was being refurbished between 2006 and 2008.