Wesley Street & Victoria Road,
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Located in Consett, County Durham, at the corner of Wesley Street and Victoria Road. The Plaza Cinema was opened around 1929. I was built for the towns' Ann Street Garage. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 30 feet wide, and there was a small stage and several dressing rooms. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.
In 1936, a new company Consett Cinemas Ltd. was formed to take over the Plaza Cinema (they later also took over the Empire Cinema in Consett). It was equipped to screen CinemaScope films in 1955.
The Plaza Cinema was closed in February 1974. It was converted into a bingo club, last operated as a Walkers Bingo Club, which was still open in 1998. Since closed, it has been demolished and shops have been built on the site, occupied in 2013 by Home Bargains & Peacocks.
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Photos taken in 1998 when it was operating as a Walkers Bingo Club – despite the very derelict look on one of the pictures! I am not sure if the auditorium was at 1st & 2nd floor level – the entrance was at the other end from this photo and there seems to be substantial ground floor shops. Can anyone clarify?
As always I now wish I had made more of an effort to get inside!
The Plaza was all on one level although there was a rear section with a steeper rake – but certainly not stepped. It was still open well after February 1974 and whilst I am not 100% certain about when closure finally came, I believe that it was in 1976 or 1977.