Tyne Theatre & Opera House are excited to have teamed up with the Whitley Bay Film Festival to present The Cinema Years.


In celebration of the fifty years Tyne Theatre and Opera House operated as the Stoll Picture Theatre and as part of the Theatre’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, we are holding a short film festival from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th August 2017.  The event has been organised in partnership with the Whitley Bay Film Festival and in association with Newcastle University.

We invite you to enjoy classic films related to the Stoll Picture Theatre over three action-packed days! Feature films will be accompanied with animation workshops, scintillating talks about film and an opportunity for those with memories of the Stoll to recall those days. We will also be presenting screenings of some of the first films shown at the establishment, archive material and a range of exhibits.

The Full Programme is as follows:

Friday 11th August

History Of Cinema. A talk presented by Dr. Andrew Shail.

Theatre Of Blood, 1973 (dir. Douglas Hickox). Celebrating the latter part of The Stoll years’ cinema output.

Saturday 12th August

King Kong, 1933 (dir. Merian C. Cooper). The Mighty Ape returns after originally terrorising the Tyne Theatre in 1933.

The Phantom of the Opera, 1925 (dir. Rupert Julian) with an original live soundtrack featuring glass orchestra and analogue synthesis.  The perfect venue for this classic horror of the silent age!

Sunday 13th August

Forget Carter: A Celebration of Newcastle in Film presented by media historian Chris Phipps.


The Clouded Yellow, 1950 (dir. Ralph Thomas) Early British film noir shot partly in Newcastle.

The One & Only, 2002 (dir. Simon Cellan Jones) with Special Guest, writer Peter Flannery.  Newcastle gets a glamorous portrayal in this 2002 romantic comedy by local writer.

Alongside the features listed above, the weekend will also include animation workshops led by acclaimed animator Sheila Graber. The weekend will also feature an exhibition of Newcastle cinema-related artworks and other films and documentaries which will be free to the public including a presentation of Tarzan of The Apes with musical accompaniment which was the film that opened The Stoll cinema on June 2nd 1919.

Contributors and guest speakers include: Peter Flannery, Writer. Sheila Graber, Animator. Chris Phipps, Cultural historian. Dr Andrew Shail. Lecturer in film.

The partners Tyne Theatre and Opera House Ltd. Whitley Bay Film Festival (Primate Productions Ltd). Newcastle University. Tyne Theatre and Opera House Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust (Registered Charity No.1120746)

Tickets for all events will be available from Tuesday 6th June from www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk