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Cleveland Hall/Cinema, Middlesbrough
Cinema Address:
between Newport Road and Park Street, Middlesbrough
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1908-1928. Thompson's first cinema and the first one to be opened in Middlesbrough. It became affectionately known as the "Bug and Flea". Sold to Denman Picture Houses Ltd.
How Acquired by Thompson:
Rented then bought
Architect/Design:
Built as an auction hall by Willman and Douglas, the auctioneers. Then bought as a social club in 1873 it became the Liberal Club and in 1890 it was licensed for theatre and dancing.
Fate of the Cinema:
After acquiring it from Thompson, Denman/Gaumont kept it open until 1930 when they closed it and left it derelict. By 1936 it had been demolished to make way for the United Bus terminus.
Location Accuracy: Approximate
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Information below is taken from The Kinematograph Yearbooks. The Page reference is from the following year’s edition, when information appeared. Additional information is in italics

Year Ownership Population Seating Capacity Other cinemas in town Manager Shows per day Changes Weekly Prices Variety Sound System Other cinemas with sound Kinematograph Year Book reference
1908 Thomas Thompson as tenant 0 Thomas Thompson
1909 Thomas Thompson as tenant 0 Thomas Thompson
1910 Thomas Thompson as tenant Thomas Thompson
1911 Thomas Thompson as owner
1912 Thomas Thompson
1913 Thomas Thompson 104767 700 5 348
1914 Thomas Thompson 104767 830 4 481
1915 Thomas Thompson 104767 830 6 377
1916 Thomas Thompson 104767 600 6 425
1917 Thomas Thompson 116546 600 5 492
1918 Thomas Thompson 150000 600 5 300
1919 Thomas Thompson 150000 600 4 G Adamson 379
1920 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 140000 600 6 450
1921 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131103 600 6 445
1922 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 104767 600 6 G Adamson 2 + Mat Mo Sa 442
1923 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131103 600 8 G Adamson 2 + Mat Mo Sa 452
1924 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131103 600 7 G Adamson 2 + Mat Mo Sa 400
1925 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131103 600 6 G Adamson 2 + Mat Mo Sa 381
1926 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131103 600 6 G Adamson 2 + Mat Sa 3d - 6d
1927 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131103 600 6 G Adamson 2 + Mat Sa 3d - 6d 440
1928 North of England Cinemas Ltd.

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