11 New Market,
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Located in Morpeth, Northumberland. The Coliseum Cinema was opened in 1926. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had a 26 feet wide proscenium and a 23 feet deep stage. An additional facility was the provision of a café. Initially independently operated, in the 1930’s it was taken over by the Stanley Rogers Circuit Ltd. of Newcastle-upon Tyne.
In the late-1940’s, it was taken over by the E.J. Hinge Circuit. Around 1954, it was taken over by Wallaw Pictures Ltd. It was closed around 1964 and converted into a bingo club.
In 1976 it was taken over by the Noble Organisation, the circle was twinned and it re-opened as a cinema, with bingo still operating in the former stalls. Later, the former stage was bricked-in at the proscenium and was converted into a gym, while the stalls area ceased bingo and was converted into retail use. Part of the foyer was converted into a bar, named The Movies.
The twin screen cinema in the circle closed in 1999, and the circle divide was removed. The space was used as a mixed use cinema and nightclub for a while, but it was closed to films on 20th July 2000. The empty building was purchased by the J.D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs and it reopened as “The Electrical Wizard” on 15th March 2011.
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