Cosy Cinema

New Seaham,
Seaham Harbour, SR7 0HP

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Cosy Cinema

In Seaham Harbour, a coastal town in County Durham, the Cosy Cinema opened on Monday 1st February 1937 in the district of New Seaham. It was the first purpose-built cinema in this small town. Seating was on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear rather than the usual circle seating area.

The Cosy Cinema was built for Teesdale Cinemas Ltd. by contractor W. L. Grant, of Easington, at a cost of around £10,000.

In the early-1950’s the Cosy Cinema was the first in the area to present 3D films. Then, in 1955, a CinemaScope screen, measuring 21ft by 12ft, was installed. This was achieved without any reduction in the original seating capacity of 660.

In early-1961 the Cosy Cinema closed. The building was converted into the Cosy Bingo club, which opened on 1st May 1961.

It is not known when the bingo club closed. On Monday 9th May 1994 the by-then derelict building was gutted by fire (two youths were subsequently charged with arson). Demolition started the following day.

Contributed by David Simpson
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