Imperial Cinema

Houghton Road,
Hetton-le-Hole, DH5

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terry on June 19, 2022 at 7:18 am

In 1960 the Tyne Theatre was operating as the Stoll which I understood to be the only cinema of the (then) Stoll - Moss company. It therefore comes as a surprise to learn that they - at least briefly - owned and operated the Imperial, Hetton-le-Hole.

Biffaskin on June 19, 2022 at 3:16 am

Tyne & Wear Heritage website has this extra information for this venue:

Imperial Theatre and Cinema opened in 1926 built on the site of a building called The Laurels. Although built as a cinema it was also used for live shows, the first production being performed by the Hetton Opera Company. ‘Isle of Lost Ships’ was the first sound film to be shown on March 4th 1930. In 1960 Stall Cinemas took over the ownership of the Imperial and films came from the offices of the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle. The Imperial closed October 10th 1962 - the last film was ‘The Hangman’. Now demolished.