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The Orion, Westerhope


The Orion is a bingo hall and former cinema on Stamfordham Road in Westerhope. The building was originally an independent cinema known as "The Picture Palace". It opened on the 14th of August 1912, under the ownership of Samuel R. Piper, former deputy at North Walbottle Colliery.[1] The cinema seated 450 people. Later it was known as the "Westerhope Picture House", and in 1941, it was re-named as the "Orion Cinema". The Orion Cinema closed in January 1970.[2] The building was converted for use as a bingo hall. The bingo hall had fallen into disrepair before being taken over by the Hay family in late 2016.[3] It was refurbished in 2017.

Westerhope 1912 Former Cinemas
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068892:Orion cinema Stamfordham Road Westerhope Unknown 1963

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The Orion

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Orion Bingo

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Orion Cinema, 404 Stamfordham Road
- "Located in the Westerhope district, 4 miles west of Newcastle city centre. The Picture Palace was opened on 14th August 1912. Seating was provided for 434 in the stalls, and ...

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Westerhope bingo hall relaunches to compete with big competition
- Chronicle Live, 14 June 2017. ".... It faces competition from national chains and was left struggling to survive after a member of staff stole more than £100,000 from its takings ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(12845): Westerhope, Stamfordham Road, Picture Palace (Orion)
- "Opened in August 1912. Designed by Lemington architect H.F. Burrows. The owner was Samuel R. Piper, former deputy at North Walbottle Colliery. The cinema was basic - it had 434 ...

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Tyne & Wear HER: 12845
Post code: NE5 5HE
Grid ref: NZ19566737

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