Was Harry first owner of cinema?

Annie Dixon of Chillingham Close at Newham Farm Estate at Blyth-seen with picture of her grandfather who owned the High Pit Cinema at Cramlington.'REF 1507131315
Annie Dixon of Chillingham Close at Newham Farm Estate at Blyth-seen with picture of her grandfather who owned the High Pit Cinema at Cramlington.'REF 1507131315

A Blyth woman is appealing for information into the background of her grandfather, who she believes was the original owner of Cramlington’s first cinema.

Following the recent opening of Vue complex next to Manor Walks shopping centre in the town, Annie Dixon got in touch with the News Post Leader to help shed some light on the history of the town’s first cinema.

Annie believes that her grandfather, Harry Dixon, of Seaton Delaval, was part of the syndicate who originally built and owned the Klondyke cinema, now known as High Pit, in 1905 before he fell out with them then negotiated to own it outright.

Harry, who died in the late 1950s, had previously invested in The Queen’s Hall cinema in Seaton Delaval and the Kora Picture House in Annitsford.

Now Annie and her brother, Henry, the only remaining family, are asking anyone who may have known or worked with Harry, or who knows anything about the three cinemas, to get in touch.

Annie, of Chillingham Close, Newsham Farm Estate, said: “My knowledge is a little bit hazy and there are a lot of gaps.

“But in the light of the new cinema opening in Cramlington, it’s really whet my appetite to try and find out more about my grandfather’s involvement with the cinemas.

“He was a well known local businessman and owned a post office and general dealers in Seaton Delaval.”

Anyone with information can email Annie on anniedxn@yahoo.co.uk