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I know you mention this "private members" cinema being in Blandford Square but there was one on Westgate Hill - left hand side if going up the hill. Wonder if this could e the same one?Some brilliant shots, especially of the Northern Academy of Arts of which I had no knowledge.
Now, a question, which I have had no luck in answering elsewhere online or in Newcastle. I have spent the past year compiling as much information as possible about Newcastle's historical theatres and cinemas and I have virtually every base covered, except one. There was, until about 1997, a 'gentlemans' cinema in Blandford Square, near the Discovery Museum and the defunct Diving Centre. It was rather discreet and architecturally unremarkable, and my only real memories of it were during its demolition when I used to live in Summerhill Square; like many buildings in that area (Broken Doll, Strings, Diving centre, etc), it was pulled down to make way for the motorway. (Was it even a cinema?)
A number of people remember this cinema / club, but all of those I've asked have little more than vague recollections (or an unwillingness to admit they went). Can anyone remember its name, lifespan, operations etc. Any photographs would, naturally, be wonderful. Although it may have been a seedy little oddity, any true survey of Newcastle's cinemas would be incomplete without including it.