What have you missed most during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown? A cold pint in the pub? Dancing the night away in a bar or perhaps popping into a museum and art gallery to browse of a new exhibition? A trip to the cinema will no doubt also feature on some wish lists of things to do post-lockdown life.
Nothing beats an evening out at the cinema. Whether you love to grab an oversized tub of popcorn or would rather keep it classy with a chilled glass of wine while you watch a film, a visit to the cinema in Newcastle and Gateshead is a great way to escape for a few hours. Cinema-goers in Newcastle and Gateshead are spoilt for choice with a range of great venues to catch the latest blockbuster or experience a favourite film on the big screen.
We have created a handy guide to cinemas in NewcastleGateshead and, because, well ‘Covid-19’, we’ve updated our list with information about which cinemas recently reopened and how you can book into see the latest blockbusters or catch a cult classic. If you're looking for things to do in Newcastle and Gateshead, book your cinema trip - many of the cinemas are showing absolute classics while they wait for the film industry to get back up to speed and release new films. Cinemas have successfully opened over the summer with stringent safety and cleaning measures in order to provide a safe, responsible but also enjoyable cinema experience.
Cineworld, which can be found in The Gate, Newcastle has reopened after a turbulent year of closures due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. The city centre cinema has reopened with a run of blockbuster films that were waiting to be screened including the origin story of 101 Dalmatian's devilish villan - Cruella, A Quiet Place II and Oscar-winning movie starring Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins – The Father. Cineworld at The Gate is home to the North East's first ever ScreenX and Superscreen plus 4DX which makes your experience fully immersive!
There are a number of safety measures in place at Cineworld which will reassure visitors who are excited to watch their favourite movie in a cinema these include online ticket booking, social distancing and updated seating maps to make sure families, households and bubbles can sit together.
Odeon at Metrocentre in Gateshead reopened its doors once again in mid-May 2021 with a whole raft of films to choose from and a tantalising range of upcoming movies to look forward to including No Time To Die (finally!), Top Gun: Maverick, The Suicide Squad and The Croods 2. The cinema in the heart of Gateshead's huge shopping mall also is home to a monster IMAX screen. Pre-book your tickets here.
Jam Jar Cinema in desirable seaside town, Whitley Bay, is an independent venue much-loved by locals. Grab a sofa, take in your glass of wine and enjoy a range of cult classics, blockbusters and new releases in this small but perfectly formed cinema.
The coronavirus lockdown and temporary closure of venues has been incredibly tough for independent cinemas and attractions across art and culture so its wonderful news that Jam Jar Cinema has reopened. They have a couple of brand new releases currently on show including The Father and Dream Horse as well as a promising, ever-changing line-up of films to look out for... so get ready to be entertained. Book at Jam Jar Cinema now.
Remains closed with a view to reopen as soon as they can (updated June 2021)
Firm favourite, Tyneside Cinema in the centre of Newcastle, is another excellent independent cinema which oozes class. A resident in the centre of Newcastle for nearly 100 years, Tyneside Cinema is the film-lover’s cinema and prides itself on making specialist cinema accessible with a staple of cult classics, Art House and indie films making it onto the line-up. It’s also just a brilliant place to go for an alternative night out or catch up with friends. The city centre venue is also famous for its horrifying Halloween-a-thons and themed film nights complete with foods, drinks and fancy dress.
It’s a really difficult time for Tyneside Cinema who have been closed since March. Find out how you can support the organisation’s #MyTynesideCinema appeal and be part of protecting this much-loved independent cinema’s future. Recent news announced on their Facebook page shared that Tyneside Cinema are working towards reopening as soon as they can.
Everyman Cinema on Newcastle's elegant Grey Street drips with style and glamour. It’s more than a trip to the cinema, providing an all round night out experience. The city centre cinema is now open and has an eclectic list of films showing including some new releases. Everyman have a number of cinemas across the UK.
With £4.99 tickets all day, every day, Vue Cinema is a great place to enjoy the latest releases without breaking the bank. It might be a well-known chain but the seats feel bigger and there is always plenty of leg-room wherever you’re sat. With handy parking underneath the Tesco opposites, its easy to get to and a great value trip to the cinema. As well as blockbuster films, theatre fans can often catch performances by Northern Ballet and National Theatre Live. The current screening schedule is made up of film favourites like Fargo and Chicago, as well as new releases like A Quiet Place II and the return of Peter Rabbit which missed out on the air time they should have had when the country went into lockdown. Find out the safety measures in place at Vue Cinema Gateshead and book your ticket today.
Star and Shadow Cinema near Ouseburn, Newcastle's cultural quarter, is a creative and independent arts based, volunteer-run organisation who are a bohemian-style collective. The eclectic programme of films and events range from niche, indie films, discussion pieces to vintage silent movies and events exploring the process of film-making.
Reopening: still to be announced
Tucked away along the cobbles of Side on Newcastle Quayside, Side Cinema is part of sister organisation, Side Gallery which shows classic and contemporary international film seasons, often linked to exhibitions in the gallery. The intimate venue is geared towards enthusiasts and typically programme filmmaker events and special interest screenings of Amber's films and many of the photography exhibitions they hold. Side Cinema, has been a hidden gem in Newcastle for over 40 years, providing an inclusive space for independent cinema in the North East. In response to its Covid-19 imposed closure, Side Cinema went online and offered a series of free digital screenings online. While the cinema remains closed, you can still join them for a series of online discussions and films.
Cinemas have adopted a number of key safety measures to ensure both staff and cinema-goers are protected and can relax on their visits. They will be specific requirements at each cinema depending on their own policies and building layouts but it is worth considering the following general guidelines before you visit your nearest cinema:
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