Imperial Cinema

Houghton Road,
Hetton-le-Hole, DH5

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Previously operated by: Stoll Circuit

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Imperial Cinema

Located in Hetton-le-Hole, to the south of Houghton le Spring, County Durham. The Imperial Cinema was opened in 1926 on what was then known as Station Road. It had a 28ft wide proscenium and a stage. In 1930 it was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system.

The Imperial Cinema was closed on 10th October 1962 with Robert Taylor in “The Hangman”. It was demolished in the 1970’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Biffaskin on June 19, 2022 at 6:16 am

Tyne & Wear Heritage website has this extra information for this venue:

Imperial Theatre and Cinema opened in 1926 built on the site of a building called The Laurels. Although built as a cinema it was also used for live shows, the first production being performed by the Hetton Opera Company. ‘Isle of Lost Ships’ was the first sound film to be shown on March 4th 1930. In 1960 Stall Cinemas took over the ownership of the Imperial and films came from the offices of the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle. The Imperial closed October 10th 1962 - the last film was ‘The Hangman’. Now demolished.

terry on June 19, 2022 at 10:18 am

In 1960 the Tyne Theatre was operating as the Stoll which I understood to be the only cinema of the (then) Stoll - Moss company. It therefore comes as a surprise to learn that they - at least briefly - owned and operated the Imperial, Hetton-le-Hole.

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