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80 years of cinema

80 Years of Cinema

80 Years of Cinema

Celebrate 80 years of cinema at Tyneside Cinema

Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August – Tyneside Cinema – 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG


This August Bank Holiday Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema will be celebrating its 80th Birthday year with a special programme of films from the last eighty years all chosen by members of their audience.

The Tyneside, which opened as Newcastle’s News Theatre in 1937, asked audience members to nominate their favourite films from the eight decades it has been open, as well as explain why they love that particular film. The Cinema then took all the choices and picked a selection of based on those responses.

The programme, entitled ‘80 Years Of Cinema’ features an eclectic selection, from films that take you on journeys such as 1930s screwball classic It Happened One Night and 1950s comedy gem Some Like It Hot, to films that show the development of cinema, including Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso and Federico Fellini’s 8 ½, to modern classics such as Michael Mann’s Heat and Ken Loach’s recent critically acclaimed Newcastle-based drama I, Daniel Blake.

The programme will also celebrate the Tyneside’s origins as a newsreel cinema by screening the Buster Keaton silent The Cameraman, a slapstick comedy about a newsreel cameraman trying to woo the object of his desire, and The Duellists, the debut feature of County Durham-born filmmaker Ridley Scott whose great uncle Dixon Scott conceived, designed and built Tyneside Cinema. 

Tyneside Cinema Director of Film Programming, Andrew Simpson said:

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the enormous number of passionate responses we received to our call for 80th Birthday film nominations, with hundreds of incredible films selected, and reasons for selections that were by turns touching, funny and poignant. It was incredibly difficult to select a line up from all of the great films chosen, but we think we have pulled together a selection that embodies the wonderfully eclectic tastes of our audiences, the diverse programmes that Tyneside has screened over the past 80 years, and a love of cinema shared by both by the Tyneside and those we’ll be celebrating this August Bank Holiday: all of you.”

Each of the films will feature an introduction, either from a member of the Tyneside Cinema team or from the audience members who nominated it, as well as clips from Tyneside Cinema At 80: A People’s History, a special project the Tyneside has been running throughout the year collecting people’s memories of going to the cinema. Members of the public will be able to submit their own memories on Saturday 26 August at the Cinema’s Memory Booth which will be located on the second floor in the Digital Lounge.

Alongside the film programme, the Tyneside will also be putting on a whole host of special events, including a poster sale, an 80 Years of Cinema Film Quiz, and a free exhibition called ‘Avant-Garde Cinema’ which features a series of experimental early cinema animation being produced around the same time as the cinema was opening in 1937.

There will also be themed food and drink menus in the Cinema’s Bar Café and Vicolo coffee and cocktail bar, plus a limited batch of free birthday cake on offer from 13:00 on Saturday 26 August.

Tyneside Cinema’s 80 Years of Cinema programme takes place from Saturday 26 – Monday 28 August.  Tickets range from £1-£7.50 and can be purchased by calling 0191 227 5500, online at,  or in person at Tyneside Cinema’s box office.




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