Sun Picture Hall

218 Shields Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1DU

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Architects: W.R. Storey

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Located on Long Row, Byker Hill (today Shields Road) in the Byker district, to the east of the city centre. The building was built as a slipper factory in 1902 and was designed by architect W. Ellison Fenwick based in Elson Square, Newcastle upon Tyne. The factory closed in 1909. Plans were drawn by architect W.R. Storey of Gateshead to convert the building into a cinema. The Sun Picture Hall opened on 29th November 1909 with “Leather Stocking” & “The Airship Destroyer”. Seating was provided for 366 on long wooden benches (250-capacity in the stalls and 116-capacity in the balcony). There was a small 12ft deep stage.

The Sun Picture Hall remained a silent cinema throughout its life. Its last Cinematograph Licence was issued on 2nd February 1934 and the cinema closed later in 1934.

It was demolished and a funeral directors was built and opened on the site (today a Co-Op Funeral Directors.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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