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Palladium, South Shields
Cinema Address:
248 Sunderland Road, South Shields, NE34 6AS
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1930-1960
How Acquired by Thompson:
Built
Architect/Design:
Designed by J H Morton & Son with a car park at rear. Seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear, rather than a conventional overhanging circle.
Other Info:
It opened on 18th August 1930 with “Elstree Calling” described as an ‘all talking, singing and dancing film’.
Fate of the Cinema:
Closed on 30th July 1960 with "The Blue Angel" starring Curt Jurgens. It was converted into a supermarket and is currently a FarmFoods store (2015)
External Links/Sources:
The Cinemas of South Tyneside – D Johnson
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 / Screen Sound System Other cinemas with sound Kinematograph Year Book reference
1930 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 116667 11 2 + Mat Sa 6d & 1s WE 3 460
1931 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 113452 10 Continuous 6d & 1s WE 6 475
1932 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 113452 9 Continuous 6d & 1s WE 7 506
1933 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 113452 7 Continuous 6d & 1s WE 6 536
1934 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 113452 995 8 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 559
1935 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 113452 995 8 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 577
1936 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 113452 995 7 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 630
1937 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 114000 995 7 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 654
1938 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 995 8 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 639
1939 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 995 8 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 575
1940 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 995 9 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 542-3
1941 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 995 9 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 540
1942 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 995 8 Continuous 6d & 1s WE All 513
1943 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 995 9 Continuous 10d & 1s 6d WE All 520
1944 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1004 8 Continuous 6d & 1s 9d WE All 480
1945 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1004 9 Continuous 6d & 1s 9d WE All 526
1946 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1004 9 Continuous 10d & 1s 9d WE All 363
1947 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 120000 1004 9 Continuous 10d & 1s 9d WE All 376-7
1948 Thompson’s Enterprises Ltd. 120000 1004 8 Continuous 10d & 1s 9d WE All 390
1949 Thompson’s Enterprises Ltd. 107500 1004 10 Continuous 10d & 1s 9d WE All 394
1950 Thompson’s Enterprises Ltd. 107500 1004 10 Continuous 1s - 1s10d WE All 384
1951 Thompson’s Enterprises Ltd. 107500 1004 10 Continuous WE 367
1952 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1004 10 Continuous WE 367
1953 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1004 10 Continuous WE 364
1954 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1004 10 Continuous WE 345
1955 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1004 9 Continuous CinemaScope WE 338
1956 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1004 9 Continuous CinemaScope WE 337
1957
1958-59 Palladium (South Shields) Ltd. 107500 1004 8 Continuous CinemaScope WE 335
1960 closed
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