O2 Academy / Majestic / Gaumont


New Westgate Cinema, 1927The Academy is a major live music venue in Newcastle located on the corner of Westgate Road and Clayton Street. The history of the Academy site goes back to the Picture House cinema, which opened in February 1912 and closed on 5th March 1927. The New Westgate Cinema, opened 31st October 1927 and seated 1,870. The Cinema was taken over by Gaumont in February 1928 and a Wurlitzer theatre organ installed in 1929. The Gaumont closed on 29th November 1958 with “In Love and War”. (Cinema Treasures)

The building became the Majestic Ballroom opening on the 26th February 1959. During the 1960s many of the top bands played at the Majestic including: Beatles (1963), Kinks (1964), Moody Blues (1965), Who (1965), Yardbirds (1965) and Small Faces (1966). Reputably the Beatles wrote 'She Loves You' while staying at the Turk's Head Hotel, after playing at the Majestic in 1963. The Majestic closed in 1967, after which the venue was used as a Bingo Hall until 2005.

O2 AcademyIn 2005 Academy Music Group Ltd bought the building and restored the original ceiling features, stairways, stage and balcony to create an atmospheric gig space. The Academy opened on 14th October 2005 with Sunderland band the Futureheads, Field Music and Kubicheck! In 2008 it became known as the 02 Academy following a change in sponsors, formerly it was the Carling Academy Newcastle.

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068949:New Westgate Cinema, Westgate Road/Clayton Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1932

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068702:Advertising stunt New Westgate cinema Westgate Road/Clayton Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1934

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055062:Foyer Display New Westgate cinema Westgate Road/Clayton Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1933

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055049:Advertising stunt New Westgate cinema Westgate Road/Clayton Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1935

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044132:New Westgate cinema Westgate Road/Clayton Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1927

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The Bravery at The Carling Academy (O2 Academy) Newcastle

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O2 Academy Newcastle
- "Located on Westgate Road at the corner of Clayton Street, this opened on the site of a previous cinema the Picture House which opened in February 1912 and closed on ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(12837): Newcastle, Westgate Road/Clayton Street, Gaumont Cinema
- "The New Westgate opened on 31 October 1927. The lower storey was in stone with recesses for posters and there was a marble porch. The main staircase was in Roman ...

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Westgate Road
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Westgate Road
- Westgate Road takes its name from the West Gate of the Town Walls, one of the main entrances to Newcastle in Medieval times. It is a major road starting in the city ...
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- Summary Street View Clayton Street and Clayton Street West Clayton Street runs from the centre of Newcastle past the Grainger Market down into Clayton Street West. Clayton Street West has a junction ...
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