Plaza Cinema

Ford Terrace,
Sunderland, SR4 6LT

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Functions: Church

Styles: Art Deco

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Plaza Cinema

Located in the Pallion district of Sunderland. Originally planned to be the Rialto Cinema, the Plaza Cinema was opened on 1st August 1936 with Al Jolson in “Casino de Paris”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 37 feet wide, and the Plaza Cinema was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. It was always independently operated.

The Plaza Cinema was closed on 12th July 1968 with Alec Guinness in “Bridge on the River Kwai”. It became a bingo club, which by 1995 was a Gala Bingo Club. In recent years Gala built their own purpose built bingo club on Pallion New Road, and closed the Plaza Cinema building.

In late-2012 it had been in use as a temporary outlet store for fireworks. It then became a rave club The New Monkey. In 2016 it was converted into a church.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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project on September 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

From 1999 to 2006 the Plaza was a Saturday night rave night club called The New Monkey. It was very popular and was the last all night rave club in the north east of england. The building is now used as a church.

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