King's Cinema

Derwent Street,
Chopwell, NE17

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Previous Names: King's Hall, King's Theatre

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King's Cinema

Located in Chopwell, County Durham, to the north of Blackhall Mill. The King’s Hall was purpose built in 1911. It had 700-seats and presented cine-variety. Around 1915 it was re-named King’s Theatre and a larger stage was built. In 1920 it was closed due to a fire.

It was rebuilt and had re-opened by 1922 with 900-seats. There were two dressing rooms. Around 1929 it was equipped with an Edibell sound system, but this was soon replaced by a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system. Eventually this was replaced by a GB-Kalee sound system. After the end of World War II, live shows were presented as well as screening films and it was re-named King’s Cinema.

The King’s Cinema was still open in 1969 but closed soon after and became a bingo club. It has since been demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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