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Located in Hebburn, County Durham, South Tyneside on Albert Street between William Street W. and Cuthbert Street. The Gem Theatre was opened on 14th May 1912. It presented live performances as well as films. It had a 29 feet wide proscenium and a 15 feet deep stage. There were three dressing rooms. Around 1930 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. In 1938 the façade was altered to the plans of architect George Young.
The Gem Theatre was closed on 30th May 1964 with Dean Martin in “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed” and “Blueprint for Robbery”. It became a Bingo club for the Noble Organisation and this closed in 1974 when the building was purchased by the council and housing was built on the site.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org