Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street - Newcastle


The former Odeon Cinema on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle collapsed on the evening of 3rd April 2017, just prior to the completion of its planned demolition; luckily no one was injured. It originally built in 1931 as the Paramount Theatre - as a lavish American style 'super-cinema' with a Wurlitzer organ, orchestra and Tiller Girls (dance troupe).[1] The Paramount opened on the 7th of September, 1931 with Jack Buchanan and Jeanette MacDonald in “Monte Carlo”[2]. Paramount theatres were sold to Odeon in 1939 and the theatre was renamed as Odeon on 22nd April 1940. In 1999 the building was Grade II Listed  as "The best surviving Paramount cinema in Britain, with well composed facade and rich interior with Lalique glass fittings".[3] However, in 2001 Odeon Theatres Ltd. decided to build a new multiplex in the Gate complex and a successful application to de-list the cinema was made to increase scope for redevelopment. The cinema closed in 2002 and stood empty for many years. Demolition began in December 2016, but the scaffolded building partially collapsed in April 2017. 

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061132:Odeon cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Malcolm Maybury 1995

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039148:Odeon cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1940

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068772:Odeon cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1957

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056591:Paramount Theatre Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1935

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068773:Interior of auditorium Odeon cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1957

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059933:Jimmy Swift Organist Paramount cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1935

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068769:Paramount cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1930s

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054133:Interior of Paramount cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1931

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044016:Paramount cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1933

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044017:Paramount cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1933

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Odeon Newcastle upon Tyne
- "One of seven Paramount Theatre’s built by the American owned Paramount Theatres Ltd., in cities in the United Kingdom (the others were in Birmingham which is still open as ...

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The Paramount, Newcastle

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The former Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street, NE1

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Paramount logo on the former Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street, NE1

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The former Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street, NE1 (2)

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Pilgrim Street

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Former Paramount & Odeon Cinema, Pilgrim Street

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Tyne and Wear HER(6449): Newcastle, Pilgrim Street, Odeon Cinema (Paramount)
- "Designed by Frank Verity and Samuel Beverley for Paramount in 1931. It was an American style super-cinema with a Wurlitzer organ, orchestra and Tiller Girls. Has a blank brick face ...

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The Odeon cinema on Newcastle's Pilgrim Street - it opened on this day 85 years ago
- Chronicle Live: 7 SEP 2016. Article, with pictures. "Newcastle Odeon cinema - originally known as the Paramount - opened its doors on this day in 1931...."

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