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At 197 seats, the new screening room sits alongside a bowling alley, large swimming pool and an amazing array of function spaces and guest rooms.

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A conversion of a former fish processing plant to two cinemas, space limited and determined to get only the best, we worked with Alastair and Suzy for three years prior to breaking ground. THE CINEMAS ARE STUNNING ! Our systems include two screens of Barco 2k DLP projectors, 7.1 sound and control and monitoring systems toroughtout, allowing remote and unmanned operation as required.

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NEW - DP2k-6E, low cost integrated projector and Alchemy serverdp2k6e

The largest portfolio of D Cinema proejctors presents it's smallest family member - the DP2k6E. Super cost effective, the 6E comes complete with an Alchemy server, motorised lens and twin UHP lamps guaranteed for an industry leading 1500 hours. Low cost of operation and super simple set up makes this the ideal unit for smaller cinemas, alternative content venues and educational uses. The 6E is designed from the ground up for long term heavy duty use and is quiet and cost effective to run.

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We're pleased to be working with High End Systems - the worlds best theatre lights. These arent for everyone - as the name suggests they are not cheap but are the best - no more replacing Chinese moving heads or LEDS every couple of years or climbing the rig weekly to reset or repair. Thes are simply the best. More here, or look at what they can do - Moving video, mounts for 4k projectors - the sky is the limit and they are build to last. More here..
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The PAA 20+ makes it easy to interface digital cinema playback equipment with existing cinema control systems, thus enabling fully automated presentations. Low cost and does more than units twice it's price

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Long distance HDBaseT true HD, 4k image scaling and transmission - long distance, durable signal transmission and scaling.
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Portfolio of past works
Cinema has been the mainstay of our business since it's inception. See some of our past projects here ..

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The Tyneside Cinema

Before the pictures
The earliest activity here was back in 1267 when this part of Newcastle was home to a settlement of Franciscan Monks or 'Grey Friars'. This explains the names of the streets that the Tyneside Cinema stands on - Pilgrim Street and High Friar Lane. By 1580 a grand mansion with gardens and an orchard called the Newe House was built here. In 1647, during the English Civil War, King Charles I was held as a heavily guarded prisoner here for 10 months before his eventual execution. Dixon Scott and the news

In the early 20th century the only way to get world news was to listen to the radio (if you could afford one) or read newspapers. Newspapers in those days had very few photographs and hardly brought the news to life. The showing of continuous newsreels in cinemas called news theatres was a craze that swept the UK in the early 1930s. Dixon Scott, an extraordinary local film entrepreneur, spotted this opportunity and built the city's first News Theatre here as a result. The Tyneside Cinema opened as the 'Newcastle News Theatre' on 1st February 1937. Dixon was the great uncle of Hollywood directors Sir Ridley Scott (yes, the Ridley Scott of Gladiator, Alien, Kingdom of Heaven and Prometheus fame) and Tony Scott (equally famous for directing films such as Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide and True Romance), and his influence in the cinema industry stretched across the whole country.

Dixon Scott travelled widely in the Middle and Far East (he is buried in Cairo) and this influenced the décor for the inside of the News Theatre, which was meant to represent a Persian palace in Newcastle and was awash with gold, greens and purples. Many of these features were brought back to life when the Cinema was restored in 2008.

What you saw for sixpence
The original News Theatre auditorium, now the 'Classic', showed newsreels continuously from 10.30am to 9.30pm each day. Having bought your 6d (sixpenny) ticket you would start watching the 75-minute programme. It didn't matter if the programme was halfway through; you just kept watching until the 'loop' reached the point where you came in. Since the programme was continuous there was a constant trickle of people entering and leaving the auditorium having seen all or part of the programme.

The fact that some of the items were days, even sometimes weeks, old did not deter audiences. What people wanted was to see moving images of real events and celebrities. For example, newsreels allowed people to participate in huge sporting events, such as Newcastle winning the FA Cup in 1952. Audiences stayed to watch the whole newsreel programme over and over to witness the glorious moment of victory.

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Tyneside Coffee Rooms opened in 1938, a year after the News Theatre. As well as this and the main screen, the building's facilities also included a private cinema, a tea club and a men-only smoking room (how times have changed!).

Dixon Scott's news theatre was so successful that two other existing cinemas were converted into news theatres within a year of its opening. Sadly Dixon died in 1939, just two years after his News Theatre opened but the business went from strength to strength, run by his widow, Virginia, and one of his sons. Newsreels changed the lives of many people, allowing them for the first time to see global events and faraway places. Through them we have a window into the greatest achievements and darkest hours of the 20th century, and an invaluable picture of our past. From News Theatre to Tyneside Cinema

When the News Theatre opened in 1937 there were around 47 separate cinemas in Newcastle with a total of more than 40,000 cinema seats available every day. Despite the large number of cinemas, almost every film screened was made in America. This is still true of most multiplex cinemas in the UK today, and just like today, there were excellent films being made in other countries across the world with very few of them making it on to British cinema screens. However, many people were desperate to see more films and to discover something different and exciting from other cultures. Today the Tyneside Cinema exists to show the very best films being made right across the world. Its proud history of doing this dates back to the earliest days of this building. From 1944 film societies began to hire the News Theatre to show European films not screened in the city's commercial picture houses. By the late 1950s the society had over 1,500 members and was the largest film society in the UK, demonstrating the large and receptive audience for foreign and experimental films in Newcastle.

TV and the end of the newsreel
The arrival of television into British homes in the 1950s spelled the end of the newsreel business and when the News Theatre finally closed its doors in February 1968, the lease of the building was taken over by the British Film Institute. Since the early 1960s the Institute had been looking for an opportunity to open a branch of its flagship National Film Theatre in Newcastle and they opened the Tyneside Film Theatre.

From the start the aims of Tyneside Film Theatre were clear: to screen the best of world cinema from all periods and all countries of the world; to promote the use and appreciation of film; and to encourage local film production. Cinema audiences fight back After five years of direct control from London, and following months of negotiations, on 1st April 1973 control of Tyneside Film Theatre was handed over to a Board of Charitable Trustees. The Board felt that "a major regional asset like this should be operated from the region". Audiences had declined and it was argued that there was a lack of local support for the Tyneside. As a result the cinema's funding was cut and the Film Theatre was forced to close its doors.

Following the closure, the audience took matters into their own hands. The Tyneside Filmgoers Group occupied the building and arranged a series of sell-out screenings on four consecutive Fridays during April/May 1975. Determined to offer a wider choice than the latest big-budget Hollywood films, they collected a 4,000-signature petition within a week to lobby the City Council. This campaign was successful and in 1976 The Cinema re-opened as the Tyneside Cinema.

Nina Hibbin, Tyneside Cinema Director, said: "We want to establish a popular film and TV centre, a place where people can not only see films, but also, if they want to, discuss them, learn about them, make them, or to meet their friends over a cup of tea. And we have always been insistent that our aim is to serve the whole community, from casual filmgoers to the committed film buff."

An historic cinema
As part of English Heritage's 'Picture Palace' initiative, the public were asked to nominate old cinemas of historic significance for 'listing' and protection for future generations to enjoy. The Tyneside Cinema, as Britain's last remaining News Theatre, was selected and listed 'Grade 2'.

Screen One: 249 seats (245 with 2 wheelchairs). 35mm film projection, digital projection. Beta SP and Digibeta, Blu-ray, DVD, Data, Mini DV. All aspect ratios. Stage. Spotlight. Wired and radio microphones and PA system. Lectern. Data and mic connection from auditorium or projection box, full disabled access. Air conditioned.

Screen Two: Seats 120 (118 with one wheelchair). digital projection. BetaSP and Digibeta, Blu-ray, DVD, mini DV, and data. Wired and radio microphones. Lectern. Spotlight. Please enquire if you need to screen a 16mm print in Screen Two.

Screen Three: Seats 133 (129 with two wheelchairs), 35mm film projection. digital projection. BetaSP and Digibeta, Blu-ray, DVD, Mini DV, and data. Wired and radio microphones. Lectern. Spotlight. Please enquire if you need to screen a 16mm print in Screen Three.

Fully licensed bar and auditoria.

Sound: All auditoria can accommodate Dolby 5.1 surround sound from 35mm, DVD and HD where the source material supports it.

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Services we provided

  • Pre build design and consultancy
  • Design services, including CAD and specification works
  • Consultancy works
  • Film projection equipment
  • Sound system
  • Full turnkey and commissioning
  • Theatre design (CAD)
  • Theatre technical design
  • Full technical specification pack

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The Tyneside Cinema

The Tyneside Cinema

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Mark Dobson


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