Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Faded Glory of Odeon Cinema

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Faded Glory of Odeon Cinema

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Byline: Dave Morton Remember When Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk

IF you were around between the late 1930s and mid-1970s - and lived in Gateshead - you probably visited the building on the left.

It is the sadly long-gone Odeon, which stood on the town's High Street.

Today the site is a windswept, weed-strewn wasteland on a street which is really in some need of love and attention.

But for decades the grand, old cinema attracted generations of movie-goers before its gradual decline and closure.

Tomorrow, coincidentally. marks the 77th anniversary of the cinema's opening.

On February 15, 1937, one of the nation's biggest stars Gracie Fields opened the opulent new picture house.

Originally known as Black's Regal, the cinema was taken over by the Odeon chain in 1944, before being re-named Gateshead Odeon a year later.

Fields, at the time, was Britain's highest-paid music and film star, and interrupted a holiday in glamorous St Moritz to come to chilly Tyneside for the occasion. …

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