Globe Cinema

50 North Road,
Durham, DH1 4SF

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Previously operated by: E.J. Hinge Circuit

Firms: Shewbrooks, Kell & Wylie

Functions: Restaurant

Previous Names: Globe Cinema Hall

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Globe Cinema

The Globe Cinema Hall was opened on 5th May 1913 with “The New Magdalene”. It was designed by the architectural firm Shewbrooks, Kell & Wylie of Newcastle upon Tyne. Entrance was via a long narrow covered passage on North Road.

It was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system in 1930 and re-named Globe Cinema and operated by the E.J. Hinge Circuit. It was redecorated and equipped with CinemaScope in August 1955. It began screening ‘Continental’ films, some of which were (X) Certificate, but there were some which today are counted as classics. The Globe Cinema was closed on 29th June 1957 with the 1952 Italian film" “The Sin of Anna (Paccato di Anna), "Secret Conclave” starring Henri Vidon and the 1949 French film “The Dancer of Marrakesh”. The building later became a restaurant which had closed by 2014. By 2019 the former entrance was a restaurant named Bean Social and the auditorium was an Indian restaurant named Alishaan.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Buffer on November 15, 2014 at 7:57 am

Nov 2014 No sign of the Chinese restaurant when I passed. This is a pedestrian way to the railway station high above North Street and should get plenty of passing trade. .

terry on December 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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terry on April 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm

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terry on February 29, 2020 at 8:16 am

The auditorium building, running parallel to North Road, is still there. The Front Of House on North Road, which I thought was long demolished, also survives as I noticed the other day that the dorma window above the ‘Globe’ sign is still extant. In the 1960’s most properties on that side of North Road were replaced with modern buildings quite out of keeping with the ancient City of Durham.

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