Pavilion Cinema

Richard Street and The Avenue,
Hetton-le-Hole, DH5

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Functions: Storage

Previous Names: Pavilion Theatre

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Pavilion Cinema

Located in Hetton-le-Hole, to the south of Houghton le Spring, County Durham at the corner of Richard Street and The Avenue. The Pavilion Theatre was built in 1909 and served as a live theatre and cinema. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had a 22ft wide proscenium and a 12ft deep stage. The projection box extended over the front of the façade. After World War I it presented cine-variety. In 1930 it was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system and was re-named Pavilion Cinema.

The Pavilion Cinema was closed on 6th June 1959 with Jean Simmons in “Home Before Dark”. It was converted into workshops. By 2022 it had been sub-divided into five units in use for storage. The overhanging section of the projection box on the façade has been removed.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Biffaskin on June 19, 2022 at 3:05 am

Full description from Tyne & Wear Heritage website giving date of closure and final film…

Pavillion Theatre built on land known as the show field off Richard Street by Ralph Barton, salt works owner in 1909. The manager was William Travers of Houghton. The theatre doubled as a cinema. Two films were shown each night. Silent movies were accompanied by live music. The last film to be shown when the Pavillion closed on June 6th 1959 was ‘Home after Dark’.

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