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A former cinema is hoping to pull in the crowds again under its new guise.

The former theatre and cinema The Wallaw is set to re-open its doors next Tuesday as a new pub.

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has spent £2.1million redeveloping the outlet in Union Street, Blyth, and created 40 new jobs in the process.

It will retain The Wallaw name and will be managed by Phil Riddle, who was previously in charge at The Fire Station pub in nearby Whitley Bay.

Phil said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to Blyth’s community.”

The Wallaw cinema closed in 2004. The Grade II-listed art deco building is ‘the best surviving work of the firm Percy Lindsay Browne’, with the job architect thought to have been Charles Alfred Harding.

Built in 1937, with seating for 1,441 people, the cinema was also a theatre, where television presenters Ant and Dec made their stage debut in the 1980s.

The new pub will be open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Food will be served throughout the day until 11pm every day.

The Wallaw will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome in the pub until 9pm throughout the week.

The new-look pub will feature one bar, as well as an enclosed beer garden to the front of the premises, where smoking will be permitted in a designated area.

Photographs, local history, artwork and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area will be displayed in the pub.

The original projector from the cinema is the centre piece in the main entrance space.

A feature 3D art piece, made of film reels found on the site, is also on display.

In addition, there is artwork, depicting the faces of the local shopkeepers, previously exhibited in the town.

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