About Us

We're the North East's leading independent cinema. Approaching 100 years in our historic Art Deco building in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, we aim to make film and specialist cinema accessible to everyone.

Throughout the year our expert film programmers present curated seasons, Q&As with some of the greatest minds in the film industry and cinematic themed events. We support children and young people to access film and work with artists to bring new and reimagined work to audiences worldwide. We're available to hire for outstanding conferences, private parties and wow-your-guests weddings.

We're so much more than 'just a cinema'.

Dixon Scott, the great uncle of Sir Ridley and Tony Scott, founded Tyneside Cinema as a Newsreel Theatre in 1937, with a vision to be a “window on the world”. We proudly continue his vision and legacy in the same place he created it all those years ago.

We started by bringing world news to Newcastle, with short documentary films covering global stories and current affairs, with the occasional cartoon too. The original news theatre auditorium is now our ‘Classic’ cinema screen, with luxurious art-deco styling and iconic red curtains.

Now we’re the last surviving Newsreel Theatre to still operate as a cinema. When you visit our venue, you can see many of the building’s original features, enjoy Newsreels and dine in Tyneside Coffee Rooms; which was opened by our founder’s wife Virginia Scott in 1938.

Our thoughtfully curated programme is an eclectic mix of blockbusters, international marvels, and groundbreaking independent cinema from the UK.

One of the luxuries of being an independent cinema is that we can showcase films that otherwise wouldn’t be seen by audiences. We bring you closer to film by hosting some of the greatest minds of our industry for special events, including filmmakers, authors and lecturers.

We’re passionate about supporting children and young people; bringing new and exciting ways for students to engage with the curriculum and filmmaking courses for ages ten and above. Over the last three years, we’ve welcomed over 15,000 children and young people to our venue to learn more about film.

In addition to our multi-award winning learning programme, we’re committed to helping artists create innovative new work, enter international film festivals and reach new audiences. Artist opportunities include Open Calls, for filmmakers and curators to present their work in the cinema; and Graduate Residencies.

If you’re looking for a unique, creative venue for conferences, weddings and private parties, our imaginative Events Team with over 30 years of experience, will create an unforgettable event for you and your guests.

We think cinema is fundamental to how we understand the world around us, and we’re proud to offer a diverse way for you to engage with it.

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