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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #121
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Old May 16th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #122
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The new studio's at Newcastle's Empire are now open including the new bar. I've not been in but going off their website it appears the studios only have about 3-4 rows of seating to create an "inter-mate" atmosphere and also allow in alcohol purchased from the new bar.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #123
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. . . seating to create an "intermit" atmosphere . . . .
Love it!
Suppose its better than "inter-mate" !
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Old May 16th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #124
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They have between 52 and 60 seats. Compared to 436 in screen 1.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #125
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Trinity Square redevelopment, Gateshead - proposed cinema etc

Further to post #372 of 8 May 2012 regarding the proposal submitted

DC/12/00356/FUL

Erection of a multiplex cinema (use class D2 Assembly and Leisure) and retail/restaurant units (use classes A1/A3) at Trinity Square, Gateshead (additional info received 11/04/12 and 17/04/12).

TESCO STORES LTD Ellison Street Gateshead Tyne And Wear NE8 1BU

According to BBC Radio Newcastle news 24/05/12 a decision to proceed with 9 screen cinema has been made by Gateshead Council - not on Planning Portal at time of composing this post as to confirm it or see if there has been any changes made to the scheme

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Old May 24th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #126
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Trinity Square redevelopment, Gateshead - proposed cinema etc

Further to post above, this is scanned copy of Newcastle Evening Chronicle 24/05/12 page 42 article on the cinema



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It answers the question of many - operator to be VUE

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Old May 24th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #127
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This will be very good news for Trinity Square, and for the Town Centre generally.

Having a major amenity like this in a civilised and accessible Town Centre location, is a great idea.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #128
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Great news for Gateshead. I'm not exactly warming to the look of the development, but it's social and commercial impact certainly seems to be coming together. If a huge cinema starts bringing people in, along with the 'captive audience' of the student res, we might see a resurgence in the rest of the centre.

For the regeneration of Gateshead centre to work you need people there... this is one way of doing it, i genuinely hope it works.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 11:39 PM   #129
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Cinemas usually attract two or three restaurants too.
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Cinemas usually attract two or three restaurants too.
It's usually a Pizza Hut, and a Frankie and Bennies.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 10:17 AM   #131
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Centre for Life officially opens the new Curiosity Zone
by Nicola Weatherall, The Journal, May 26th 2012


TV's Jem Stansfield in the Curiosity Zone at the Centre For Life

A NEW EXHIBITION has been launched to curiosity in the region’s budding scientists. The Centre for Life in Newcastle City Centre officially opened its latest feature, called 'The Curiosity Zone', yesterday. The activities include magnetic art, a giant marble run, music makers and wooden block sculptures. They have been designed to allow families to explore, as there are no rules, no facts and no instructions.

The Curiosity Zone was officially launched by Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central and Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation. She said: “It’s great to have a place where adults and children can discover science for themselves. A love of science can lead to many varied and rewarding career choices and exhibitions such as The Curiosity Zone are an invaluable way to help young people understand this.”

The activities were designed, built and tested by an in-house team at Life over an 18-month period rather than commissioning outside contractors. Linda Conlon, chief executive of the Centre for Life, said: “We’re very excited by the new additions at Life. The Curiosity Zone has been designed to allow visitors to explore and experiment.

Life has also launched its new 4D motion ride, the first of its kind in the North East, complete with special effects such as a water spray, wind, smoke and smells coupled with moving seats and 3D films.


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Old May 28th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #132
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Newcastle Fashion Week takes its hold on city for week
by Liz Walker, The Journal, May 28th 2012


NEWCASTLE was transformed into a feast of fashion at the weekend when North East designers showcased their creations on a city centre catwalk. Saturday and Sunday saw the launch of Newcastle Fashion Week, which heralds nine days of glamorous events from late-night shopping to the chance to catch the work of up-and-coming talents.

Yesterday celebrity stylist Brix Smith-Start, who features on Gok Wan’s TV series Fashion Fix, introduced a Barbour fashion show at Grey’s Monument. Praising the fashion label that has been based in South Shields for over 100 years, she said: “Fashion weeks are the bed of creativity and where trends are started. It is also about supporting the British bands that are known worldwide, of which Barbour is one.”

The famous brand has a reputation for protecting people from the worst of the weather, but instead its designer umbrellas were used to shade spectators from the sun yesterday. Watching the show was Helen Barbour and daughter Stella, 10. Helen is vice chairman for company J Barbour & Sons, which has been run by her mother Dame Margaret Barbour for four decades.

She praised people in the North East for their sense of style and said: “Everyone always makes a big effort to look the part when they go out on a night in the North East and I think you don’t get that so much in the South.


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Old May 28th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #133
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Great North Festival being planned for next year
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, May 28th 2012


THE SPIRIT OF William Armstrong is to be revived as plans emerge for a Great North Festival. Organisers have put out a call for those interested in the future of the North East to help them plan for a new festival next year. The Rev David Goodacre is leading efforts to bring in businesses, local families and regional organisations to create a new exhibition of all the North East has to offer.

He and his fellow organisers were motivated by the memory of 18th century Newcastle industrialist William Armstrong, who played a key role in selling Tyneside’s strengths in a series of exhibitions and festivals.

Rev Goodacre said a meeting this Wednesday at Newcastle’s Lit and Phil library is a chance for those who want to again celebrate the region’s future to get involved. He said: “We are at the early stages but we hope on Wednesday we can start to get on the right track. The Great North Festival should be a chance to show how innovative we are as a region, and people and businesses with an interest in the future of this are welcome to get involved."

“The idea for this emerged as I was reading William Armstrong’s biography William Armstrong, Magician of the North, who had fantastic ideas about industry and organised exhibitions to show this using his tremendous vitality, and I think we have here a chance to recover that."


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Old May 29th, 2012, 04:35 PM   #134
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Fans rally to Newcastle Falcons relegation cause



EVEN the imminent threat of relegation has not prevented Newcastle Falcons’ supporters from backing the club in their droves, with season ticket sales well up on last year.

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Old June 16th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #135
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I was in Eldon Leisure the other day ('Eldon Square Recreation Centre', as was) and took this photo in the Main Hall . .




I noticed . .

1 - The original name of the place is still shown on the Main Scoreboard.

2 - The curtains are drawn (and even one window seems to be broken) from the "Time Out Bar" where you sat and watched people in the main hall, after you had finished playing yourself. Is the Time Out Bar no longer in use?

3 - I cannot see any sign of all the 'pull out seats' in the main hall, that enabled the place to host big spectator events. Do they no longer have big events there?

Below is an excerpt from an earlier post on this thread, about the 'Reccy centre', showing the main halls use for big spectator events . .

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The whole place seems very 'down market' compared to what it used to be. It used to be a BIG and go-ahead sort of place.

It's years since I was a regular there, but I don't know why it has dumbed-down such a lot?

Does anyone know?
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Old June 19th, 2012, 01:54 PM   #136
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More choice of gyms in the city centre would put it out of business permanently.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #137
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Is that Muhammad Ali in the bottom left photo???
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Is that Muhammed Ali in the bottom left photo???

Yes, he was here in 1977.

He went to a number of places around here that year (see short list of other forum discussions, copied from the 'Index Thread', at the bottom of this post) but the most famous event was his televised talk-in from the Eldon Square Recreation Centre . . .



Source - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoHZZVYS0qc











Newcastle City News, No.32, September 1977 . .




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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #139
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London Welsh win Premiership promotion, Newcastle relegated

London Welsh will play in the Premiership after winning their appeal against a Rugby Football Union ruling barring them from England's top flight.

Last month, the RFU ruled the Exiles had not achieved the criteria needed to earn promotion from the Championship.


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Old July 15th, 2012, 09:03 PM   #140
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Star and Shadow Cinema

Festival set to showcase Star and Shadow Cinema's in-house talent

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But behind the bar (where you can get a bargain cuppa) and through the cinema is a door leading to a darkroom and workshop where the same people who look after the building are also making films.

Now, for the first time since Star and Shadow came into being six years ago, the cinema will host a festival night showcasing work from its own in-house studio.

Down Home Short Film Festival is tomorrow at 7.30pm. The Star and Shadow is at the top of Stepney Bank, Byker, see www.starandshadow.org.uk
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