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One of six Paramount theaters built in provincial cities in the UK (the others were in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool - all still operating as Odeons, and Leeds which recently closed). The Paramount opened September 7, 1931 and was a large and lavish addition to the Newcastle cinema scene. Designed by Frank Verity and Samual Beverley, it bears a strong similarity to the Paramount at Aurora, Illinois - Charles M. Fox is believed to have been the interior designer of both. Opulent in the extreme, the decor included "pilasters which flower into glass illumination fittings", silk panels, over 500 motives and paintings applied directly to the walls over a two month period, sequin-spangled drapery, and a series of statues. There was a full (and frequently used) stage behind the 54ft proscenium. A Wurlitzer organ on a lift rose up to the left of the stage. In the basement was a restaurant. In 1999 the Odeon was grade 2 listed with English Hertitage stating "[It is] The best surviving Paramount cinema in Britain, with well composed facade and rich interior with Lalique glass fittings". In 2001 Odeon decided to build a new multiplex outside the city centre and successfully applied to have the cinema de-listed to maximise its site value for redevelopment. It closed in 2002.
The bridges over the River Tyne are a familiar landmark to many people in Newcastle and Gateshead.The first bridges were built by the Romans. Pons Elii in Newcastle, the Stone Bridge at Corbridge and a bridge close to Chesters fort near Chollerford. There are 22 main bridges that span the River Tyne, the newest of which is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Times Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4EP. tel = 0191 243 8210
Bede's World, Church Bank, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear NE32 3DY, UK.
Phone +44 (0)191 489 2106
The home of the Venerable Bede, partly surviving as the chancel of the parish church, the monastery has become one of the best-understood Anglo-Saxon monastic sites.
Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 261 5390.
From Newcastle to Carlisle.
Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland.
Address: St. Nicholas Churchyard / Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1PF
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