The branch closed in , being replaced with a McColls convenience store. For more than 70 years the cinema showed some of the hottest movies from Hollywood to packed audiences. Do Sunderland’s stats bode well for the Scot? Shame on the owners for taking the “quick buck” and selling the land for retirement homes. It’s a pity the owners of the building weren’t as dedicated and passionate about the place as the staff. Archived from the original on 6 April Retrieved 22 January

They operated it until June , when it was taken over by an independent operator. It was a full night’s entertainment, with the newsreel, the cartoons and the the “Big Picture”. How lovely to discover this , I typed in ‘Royalty Gosforth’ out of curiosity! Going in at the side door. The cinema was demolished in May and flats built on the site. Did I see ‘Breaking Glass’ here?

Once demolition work had begun entry to the building became much easier in my veiw the bulk of vandlism was carried out at this time, as many young people could enter. At the census there were 23, people living in Gosforth. For the anniversary I am putting together a new version of the documentary, which will have better picture quality and sound, thanks to digital editing and a couple of corrections are necessary.

I doubt there were eight people in the audience. Opened inback then there was no cinema in the region to compare with its art deco grandeur which was described as one of the best of its kind in Europe.

The stage faced the park and a huge door could be opened to entertain an outdoor audience. In it became the Gaiety Music Hall, which was closed in when the nearby Empire Theatre opened. Retrieved 7 January Melton Park has the ruins of a chapel which dates back to early medieval or late Norman times.

Lifestyle all Most Read Most Recent. I will never forget the total anarchy and joy of saturday childrens maternays, which to my knowlodge were always sold out. Trinity Square, now completed, is hoped to be the focal point of the High Street, giving a space for farmers’ marketsstreet theatre and other community activities.


Goforth car park on the corner of the High Street and Salters Road is royalhy former site of a primary school.

Going in at the side door. Then it became a Temperence Hall, known as the Central Hall. The Royalty was almost part of our family – my dad taking his girlfriends there in the late s. It was in the Royalty that I sat in awe and pride to see the Coronation.

Like Saturday Morning TV, so a serial, a documentary and a cartoon? The County Hotel, towards the southern end of the centre of Gosforth, is the southernmost High Street pub, famed for its large selection of real ale. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe See our privacy notice More newsletters.

The Royalty Cinema was not only a great institution but also a distinctive landmark within Gosforth. The best I could manage was a bar of fruit and nut, and a bottle of sparkling Vimto. Very sad to see the place close, but over the moon to discover this piece of history dedicated to it; congratulations! To hear that now takes me back almost 60 years. The doors open and manageress Henrietta Cknema explains why the cinema is closing.

Retrieved 17 January Frank Manders,Cinemas of Newcastle, pages ; Frank Manders,Cinemas of Newcastle, pages97, In there were 1, inhabitants, most of whom lived in Kenton, and were employed in the colliery there. Watched some great movies there upon release, including Towering Inferno,Butch Cassidy.

Gosforth is currently a pilot area for the G. Newcastle United FC Elias Sorensen back at Newcastle United – but just for one game The Danish Under star was sent out on loan to Blackpool last month but surprised fans by appearing on the team sheet for Under cup tie with Leeds. My mam maureen temple is mabels daughter and my uncles are steve and micheal chapelhow.


The Gaiety Cinema was closed in Februarywhen the city council declared the building unsafe. Retrieved 7 July The branch closed inbeing replaced with a McColls convenience store. Retrieved 25 September The cinema was demolished in May and flats built on the site.

Takes me back to my childhood as i was brought up in Gosforth. Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater. Retrieved 2 December Opened inin it suffered a direct hit from the Luftwaffe, the adjoining billiard hall survived but the Apollo was destroyed.

Old pictures of Gosforth down the years

Job Bulman pub, a former post office building. We dressed up, yes we did, then sat in the dark! His name wasn’t even on the credits. Recent comments view all 7 comments.

Old pictures of Gosforth down the years – Chronicle Live

Retrieved 4 May For example, it is not available to homes covered by the Wideopen Telephone Exchange in the north of the suburb, or in Garden Village to the east of the Asda superstore, or the Regent Farm area. In the latest of our ‘lost’ series, we detail the many cinemas which used to cater for movie mad North East people. Retrieved 6 October Whenever i travel down the high street and go past the old peoples homes that now replaces the Royalty, I often think of the old cinema, and also the old fire station that was right next door which has also gone now.

History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland. The much-loved Jesmond Picture House was demolished in Autumn The Olympia closed in April Gosforth and Its Parish Church: