Old Photos Of Odeon Cinema / Paramount Theatre on Pilgrim Street

Newcastle Odeon was a 2,602-seat cinema located at Pilgrim Street in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It opened as the Paramount Theatre in 1931 before being purchased by Odeon Cinemas in 1940. During the 1960s and 1970s it was also used for pop and rock concerts. The cinema closed in 2002 and is now in the process, with some surrounding buildings, of being demolished.

See also Odeon Demolition Photos

Old Photos courtesy of Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums and Newcastle Libraries.


View inside the auditorium at the Paramount Theatre September 1931

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View of the exterior of the Paramount Theatre September 1931

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View of the lobby at the Paramount Theatre September 1931


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View of the ladies powder room at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the upper balcony foyer at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the main balcony foyer at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the main balcony foyer at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the entrances to the stalls at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the safety curtain and proscenium at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View inside the auditorium at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View to the rear of the stalls at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the auditorium from the rear of the balcony at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View across the auditorium at the Paramount Theatre September 1931





View of the Paramount Theatre under construction, looking towards Pilgrim Street c1930





interior of the Odeon Cinema taken c.1940. The view is of the auditorium and the proscenium taken from the circle.





A 1935 photograph of the exterior of the Paramount Cinema. The cinema is decorated with flags and bunting to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. The Paramount is showing the film 'The Gay Divorce' starring Fred Astaire.





A 1957 photograph of the interior of the Odeon Cinema. The view is of the auditorium taken from the circle.




A photograph of the projection room and machinery Paramount Cinema taken in the 1930s





Paramount Cinema c.1930s





A 1933 photograph of a group of men and women dressed in nineteenth century costume to advertise the film 'Showboat' Paramount cinema Pilgrim Street Newcastle upon Tyne. 'Showboat' was shown at the Paramount Theatre during the week commencing 16 January 1933





An advertising stunt for 'Showboat' Paramount Cinema taken in 1933. A group of men and women are dressed as characters in the film 'Showboat'.





A 1933 photograph of a group of people dressed in eighteenth century costume to advertise the film 'Tom Jones' which was showing at the Paramount Cinema





A view of the interior of the Paramount Cinema taken in 1931. The wrought iron balustrade of the circle lounge can be seen in the foreground. In the background a workman is sitting on scaffolding gilding the hanging light fitting. The paintings on the staircase walls can be seen in front of and behind the workman. The metalwork was made by the Heber Tower ironworks.




A photograph of Jimmy Swift Organist Paramount Cinema taken c.1935. Jimmy Swift is wearing evening dress and is sitting at the Wurlitzer organ.





A 1995 photograph of the exterior of the Odeon Cinema. The photograph has been taken from the top of Pilgrim Street looking down to the Odeon which is centre left. The Commercial Union building which straddles the road is beyond the Odeon. Part of the premises of The Leeds building society can be seen in the foreground to the left.





A series of photos taken in 2010 inside the cinema by Flickr user Ian


The vast ceiling of the Paramount Odeon in Newcatle was simplified in decoration in 1975, but retains its basic 1931 form. The rare Lalique glass fittings have, mostly, been removed. Flickr Image Link

The main projection room at the Paramount Odeon in Newcastle, stripped of most of its equipment. Flickr Image Link

One of the two small cinemas under the balcony of the Odeon Newcastle. One of the side walls has been removed allowing a glimpse of the other screen next door. This is the smaller screen 3 seating 158, screen 2 had 250 seats. Flickr Image Link

The main foyer of the Paramount Odeon in Newcastle - all salvageable fittings have been removed prior to the demolition of the building. Flickr Image Link

The vast ceiling of the Paramount Odeon in Newcatle was simplified in decoration in 1975, but retains its basic 1931 form. The rare Lalique glass fittings have, mostly, been removed. Flickr Image Link

The main screen 1 of the Newcastle Paramount Odeon was "modernised" in 1975 when there was a false floor extended from the the front of the balcony to the proscenium to create a new smaller 1,228 cinema with two smaller auditoria below. A fourth screen was added on the former stage in 1980. Behind the torn screen there is a hole in the wall revealling part of the decorated safety curtain, which must be set about halfway down. Flickr Image Link

The main projection room at the Paramount Odeon in Newcastle, stripped of most of its equipment. Flickr Image Link

Looking much like something dreamt up by the Dr Who special effects team is this rectifier - a device to convert electrical current AC to DC - found in the Paramount Odeon at Newcastle. Flickr Image Link




A short video about the construction of the Paramount with an internal tour.







A slideshow of The paramount/Odeon through the years.




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