Big screen to make a return to theatre

Richie Ross, theatre manager (left) and Kyle Crook, community arts apprentice. Picture by Paul Cummings.
Richie Ross, theatre manager (left) and Kyle Crook, community arts apprentice. Picture by Paul Cummings.

A taste of Hollywood is being brought back to Blyth with the first cinema in the town for ten years.

From January, the Phoenix Theatre will be turned into a cinema one Sunday a month showing three blockbuster films during the day.

The decision comes a decade after Blyth’s last cinema, the Wallaw, closed for the final time.

The theatre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, will have three of the latest big-name titles hitting the silver screen – showcasing movies that aim to appeal to a wide variety of tastes from family fun to action and from special effects to romance.

Richie Ross, theatre manager, said: “The Sunday Cinema promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the people of Northumberland and the surrounding areas to sit down and enjoy a host of top film titles.

“This is ideal for those film buffs who can’t travel the distance into central Newcastle or the other big multiplexes to watch the latest releases.

“This way The Phoenix Theatre is bringing Hollywood to your doorstep.”

He added: “We are proud of the theatre company as it continues to reach out to new audiences and to provide a much needed community experience.

“In these times of austerity theatre companies are trying to come up with new ways of keeping their regular patrons happy and at the same time trying to attract new visitors.

“Our latest entertaining theatre programme combined with the cinema line-up should make The Phoenix Theatre a place to come and enjoy the arts and culture.”

The Sunday Cinema opens its doors for the first time on Sunday, January 18, with tickets competitively priced at £7 for adults and £5 for children.

Tickets can also be bought at the box office, call (01670) 367228 or book online via

The Sunday Cinema will show the following titles in the New Year:

Sunday, January 18 – Paddington (PG) / 2pm; The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (12A) / 4pm; The Imitation Game (12A) / 7pm.

Sunday, February 8 – Night at the Museum 3 (PG) / 2pm; Disney’s Into the Woods (PG) / 4pm; The Theory of Everything (12A) / 7pm.

Sunday, March 22 – Disney’s Big Hero 6 (U) / 2pm; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A) / 4pm; 50 Shades of Grey (18) / 7pm.