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Pavilion Picture Palace / Theatre, Middlesbrough
Cinema Address:
Newport Road, Middlesbrough
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1913-1928. Sold to Denman.
How Acquired by Thompson:
Possibly built or bought soon after built.
Architect/Design:
Architect James Forbes of Middlesbrough. Originally designed for A H France in 1912. It is not known if Thompson was involved by the time it was built. It had a 22 feet wide proscenium
Other Info:
As The Pavilion Theatre it opened in July 1913 presenting drama & comedy plays but was converted to cinema use in 1914.
Fate of the Cinema:
After closure (between 1957 and 1960) it was converted into a discotheque. It was called Sloopy's in the late 1960s. After a fire in 1973 it was closed and the facade towers were removed. In the 1970s it was known as the Rock Garden and in 1977 the Sex Pistols appearing as "Acne Rebel" because of management problems. It was renovated in 1991 and re-opened as a rock concert venue and later became a nightclub named Arena and it continued as such until closure. It was derelict in 2013.
External Links/Sources:
Cinema Treasures Cinema Theatre Association  
Location Accuracy: Accurate
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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
1913 Empire Theatre Co. 104,767 800 4 2d - 8d 338
1914 Thomas Thompson 104,767 900 4 481
1915 Thomas Thompson 104,767 900 6 47 1/8
1916 Thomas Thompson 104,767 900 6 425
1917 Thomas Thompson 116,546 900 5 492
1918 Thomas Thompson 150,000 900 5 300
1919 Thomas Thompson 150,000 900 4 R Colling 2 2 3d - 9d Licensed for Music 379
1920 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 140,000 900 6 R Colling 2 + Mat Sa 2 3d - 9d 450
1921 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131,103 900 6 R Colling 2 + Mat Sa 2 3d - 9d 445
1922 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 104,767 900 6 R Colling 2 + Mat Mo Sa 442
1923 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131,103 900 8 R Colling 2 + Mat Mo Sa 2 150 2/3
1924 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131,103 900 7 R Colling 2 + Mat Mo Sa 400
1925 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131,103 900 6 R Colling 2 + Mat We Sa 381
1926 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131,103 900 6 R Colling 2 + Mat We Sa
1927 North of England Cinemas Ltd. 131,103 900 6 R Colling 2 + Mat We Sa 440
1928 North of England Cinemas Ltd.
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