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Report - Avenue Picture House - Coxhoe, Durham - Oct 2010

mrex

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
I don't think this has been covered before, so here goes!

Work commenced on the Avenue cinema 18th June 1929 and opened 3rd February 1930.

It was owned by the Iseton family (Thomas & Frederick) who also owned the Gem cinema at the bottom of Coxhoe (now the Gem Cafe).

The cinama had 300 seats and a proscenium width of 19ft.

It was 3d (1½p) to sit on the form right at the front, upstairs in the balcony seats would cost 1s-0d (5p).

The cinemas were always packed and you had to be sure to be at the front of the queue to be able to get on the form. Films shown were often ‘Hop-along Cassidy’ and ‘Roy Rogers’, with T‘Abbott and Costello’, Laurel and Hardy’ and ‘The Three Stooges’. The Avenue was the posh cinema. The queues would stretch right back to the police station – now the dental surgery.

I heard in later years the cinema was lived in by a strange fellow. He was arrested for selling drugs, and hanged himself in the building.

Was a little bit of a disapointment, as lots of the original features have been stripped :(

Currently plans are to demolish the property, and build 5 houses on the plot.

Picture of the cinema enterance 1958 (coronation year).
FrontOld.jpg


Picture of the cinema current day.
FrontCurrent.jpg


Main Stage.
Stage.jpg


Original decor to the right of the stage.
StageRight.jpg


Some of the original decor.
WallDecor.jpg


A Peacock butterfly hibernating under the stage
PeacockButterfly.jpg


Some sockets under the stage, there was also remains of an old piano.
UnderStageSockets.jpg


The balcony.
Balcony.jpg


Stairs to the balcony.
StairsToBalcony.jpg


Just to the left of the stairs was some original artwork.
OriginalPaintingEnterance.jpg


Projector holes balcony side (notice all of the pyrex flasks.. For making Drugs?)
also some old grafitti 'The who' and 'Def Jam'
oh yeah.. and tons of pidgeon sh*t.
IMG_0169.jpg


The projector room, stripped unfortunately.
ProjectorRoom.jpg


View from the projector room window.
RoofShot.jpg


Down to the cellar..
The boiler.. looks kinda sad!
Boiler.jpg


Original knife switches, and taps for the gas mantle lights.
LightSwitches.jpg


Part of the old electrics cabinet
leccycabinet.jpg


Gas mantle light at one of the fire exits.
FireExitGasMantle.jpg


Thanks for looking

Mr Ex
 

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