This week’s nostalgia picture special is about the cinemas of Sunderland over the years.
Once upon a time, Sunderland had so many cinemas it was probably difficult to name them all!
In the summer of 1929, the first picture house in Sunderland to screen a talking film was The Havelock. It was, of course, The Singing Fool, starring Al Jolson.
This cinema closed in 1963, by which time it was known as The Gaumont.
Fast forward to 1999 and this was the year the ABC in Holmeside had its final screening.
How many of us remember spending our Saturday mornings in the cinema? Meeting friends, at an already decided time and place (no mobile phones then). A quick chat to catch up, then off to watch an idol on the screen.
Of course, when we were older, the cinema was the place to go on a date.
Take a look at one of our photographs published here – showing the ‘lovers’ seats’, as they were described when they were installed in the Odeon in 1975.
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