Dovecot Arts Centre

1 Bishop Street,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1SY

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terry on January 28, 2021 at 9:26 am

The Dovecote Arts Centre was adjacent to the old Hippodrome, the site of which is now occupied by the Arc Centre. The Turner Cinema, owned and operated by Turners the camera people, was on the High Street.

It was actually above the camera shop and was entered by a single shop style door on which the publicity material, in the form of a quad or DC poster, was mounted on the inner side of the plate glass.

From memory it seated around 120.

DavidSimpson on January 28, 2021 at 1:33 am

I am pretty certain that Ian is correct, that this cinema was never the Dovecot Arts Centre - although, rather confusingly, it does appear to have been regarded as an “arts centre” in its final years. A cutting in the Cinema Theatre Association Archive, from 1995, about the Dovecot Arts Centre’s impending move to its current premises, mentions that it opened in 1971, presumably at Dovecot Street.

Ian on December 16, 2015 at 1:53 am

I am not sure if this cinema was ever called the Dovecot. There was a Dovecot Arts Centre, including cinema, which took its name from Dovecot Street, and was located next to the Hippodrome / Cannon, and it is this operation which transferred to the ARC which opened on the site of the Cannon & Dovecot in 1998.