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History & Heritage at Tyneside Cinema

Take a step back in time and find out all about the history of this magnificent building.

Tyneside Cinema is an important piece of history locally and nationally. Originally built as Newcastle’s News Theatre in 1937, today Tyneside Cinema is 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 Tyneside Cinema and newsreel theatres, come and have a look around our fascinating building.

Find out more about Tyneside Cinema's history

Free Newsreel shows

Take a trip into the past with our free Newsreel screenings. Every day at 11:15. 

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 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 or email chris.kippax@tynesidecinema.co.uk.

Free Guided Tours

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 Tyneside Cinema (guided tours only).

Free guided tours of the building take place every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 11:00. These are led by one of our expert tour guides.

Please note that there will be no Guided Tours from 12 - 26, December apart from on Tuesday 19 December. 

Alternatively, wander round and explore the Cinema at your own leisurely pace. Explore the building between 10:00 and 22:00 everyday.

School and group tours

Want to look around Tyneside Cinema in a group? No problem - for special requests or private tours, please get in touch using the form on this page and we'll get back to you. Alternatively you can call our Box Office on 0191 227 5500.

Book a tour

To book your place on a tour, or to find out more about our heritage tours, talks and newsreel programme, please complete and submit this form.

Submit your enquiry

Please submit your enquiry details below and a member of our team will get back in touch.

Newcastle City Council

A fabulous space for creative thinking! The [Headspace] room provides all the space and facilities needed with great, friendly staff and amazing food.

Su Cumming, Newcastle City Council