Savoy Cinema – Newcastle under Lyme

A look at the old Savoy Cinema building in Newcastle under Lyme. The Savoy Cinema (originally called the Kings Hall) was Newcastle’s first ever purpose-built picture house.  It opened on the 10th of February 1910 with a three part epic adventure movie called Monte Cristo. In 1913 the Kings Hall was considered to be the most luxurious cinema in the whole of the Midlands.  It was also the largest it could host over 1000 people for film screenings.

The entrance to the Cinema was via a arcade 13 feet wide and 100 feet long. Once inside it comprised of two tiers, the lower tier had a feeling of extra luxury.  300 of the seats were gold coloured tip up style. In 1927 under owner A.S. Hine renovations to the Cinema were completed. The projection equipment was brought right up to date. Mr. Hine then renamed the Kings Hall as the Savoy Cinema and re-opened it on Monday 28th February 1927.

In the 1930s the Savoy became part of the ABC (associated British Picture Corporation LTD) but later closed in 1964. It became a Bingo Hall,  But in 1973 students of local high School Called the Edward Orme School. Organised a petition and got over 4,000 signatures to get the Cinema reopened. Seeing the local demand for a Cinema promoted the owners of the Savoy to use part of the building, for a new 200 seater studio cinema at a cost of £55,000. The new smaller version of the Savoy was opened in December 1975. During the 1980s the cinema’s attendance struggled due to the rise of home video and eventually closed in the early 1990s.

Newcastle-under-Lyme is a market town in Staffordshire, England, and is the principal settlement in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. It is part of North Staffordshire. In the 2011 census the town had a population of 75,125. The “Newcastle” part of the name derives from being the location of a new castle in the 12th century. The “Lyme” section could refer to the Lyme Brook or the extensive Forest of Lyme that covered the area with lime trees in the Middle Ages. The well-known Berlin street Unter den Linden is a cognate of ‘under-Lyme’

Savoy Cinema Memories – Frozen in Time – Cinema from 1927 – Exploring an Abandoned Movie Theater