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Free Guided Tours

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.

Take a tour of the Tyneside Cinema 

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.

You’ll be able to:

  • Look around the Cinema’s original Classic screen
  • Watch an original newsreel
  • See the permanent exhibition which brings the building’s past and newsreel history to life. You’ll hear the stories of the people who made the news and find out more about what newsreels meant to local people. 
  • Have a look at the restored original art deco features of this beautiful cinema in all their glory.
  • Take a peek behind the scenes of the Tyneside Cinema (guided tours only).

Free guided tours of the building take place every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. These are led by one of our expert tour guides. Guided tours are completely free  - book in advance (call 0191 227 5500) or get your ticket at Box Office on the day. Hand over your ticket in the Tyneside Bar Cafe and you’ll get 50% 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 22:00 everyday.

Tour times

Free guided tours take place every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 11:00.

School and group tours

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 0191 227 5500 or email us here with 'Heritage Tour Enquiry' in the subject line, and we'll get back to you.

Tyneside Cinema talks

Do you want to know more about the history of the News Theatre, the importance of newsreels and the exciting, ongoing developments at the Tyneside Cinema?

If you are part of a group or organisation who would welcome a talk given by a Tyneside Cinema Heritage Guide, please contact Chris Kippax on 0191 227 5518 for more information. 


Every day at 11.15am we screen original newsreel footage in the Classic Cinema. Experience first-hand what newsreels were and what they were about. Find out more

Inspired by the building’s history, Tyneside Cinema has created the News Real Online resource for KS2 teachers.

Teachers can use newsreels to teach various areas of the curriculum, as well as to get their students involved in making their own newsreel films. Read more

Peter Yates's Mural

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.

It has now been re-installed thanks to the sponsorship of Ryder Architecture and The Pilgrim Trust, under the direction of conservation architect Cyril Winskell. It’s a must-see gem.

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