Gem Cinema

Clockwell Street,
Sunderland, SR5 4BD

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Located in the Southwick district to the northwest of the city centre, across the River Wear. Built as a chapel, it was converted into the Gem Cinema which opened on 1st July 1913. It was operated by James Noble, a fairground attraction owner who also opened the first radio shop on Green Street, Sunderland. It was closed in 1924 following the death of James Noble at 40 years of age, due to tuberculosis.

It was converted into offices for the National Assistance Board. It has been demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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