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Tivoli Electric Theatre , Spennymoor
Cinema Address:
Cheapside, Spennymoor
Period of Thompson Ownership:
How Acquired by Thompson:
Bought from A J Vasey.
It was rebuilt upon acquisition by Thompson in 1929/30 to plans by J W Hayes with a facade covered in white tiles.
Other Info:
The original cinema was opened in 1910/11 but soon after opening was damaged by a minor fire when a film jammed in the projector.
Fate of the Cinema:
It was acquired by Lewis Sheckman in October 1935 to become part of the Essoldo chain and was renamed the Esseldo from January 1947. Part time bingo was added in the early 1960s and became full time by 1969. It later became a nightclub but was destroyed by fire on 24/25 August 1995 and the site was subsequently cleared.
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Location Accuracy: Accurate

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
1929 A J Vasey (previous owner mistakenly still shown) 18243 5 1 3 3d - 9d 497
1930 A J Vasey (?) 18243 5 1 3 3d - 9d 461
1931 A J Vasey (?) 18243 5 1 3 3d - 9d 4
1932 A J Vasey (?) 18243 3 1 3 3d - 9d 507
1933 A J Vasey (?)

One response to “Tivoli Electric Theatre , Spennymoor”

  1. Peter Douglas says:

    1992 – 1995 the building was known as The Twilight Zone then The Venue nightclub. It was an all night rave club open from 10pm Saturday night through to 10am Sunday morning. Very popular and busy club.
    The interior still resembled it’s cinema days with the balcony still intact and used for sitting and dancing. The rake of the stalls floor had been replaced with a two tier dance floor.

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