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Did you know that Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House operated as a cinema for over 50 years? (It even branched out into ‘X’ rated films at one point, but let’s not focus on that.) In the theatre’s 150th Anniversary year, they’re celebrating their time as a cinema with The Cinema Years, a three day film festival in collaboration with Whitley Bay Film Festival.

There’s plenty for film fans to get their teeth into, from film screenings, fascinating talks and animation workshops. A screening of the original silent version of The Phantom of the Opera will take place in the atmospheric auditorium with an original live soundtrack from master percussionist Brendan Murphy and analogue synthesiser experts The Mediators. There’s a screening of British Horror classic and comedy shocker Theatre of Blood starring King of horror Vincent Price, a talk on the history of Cinema from Newcastle University’s Dr Andrew Shail and Forget Carter: A Celebration of Newcastle in Film presented by media historian Chris Phipps.

Jarrow born playwright and screenwriter Peter Flannery will take part in a Q&A session after a screening of his film The One and Only, and the Grandaddy of all monster movies King Kong will return to the theatre 84 years after he first terrified audiences and was famously advertised outside the venue. Add in authentic dainty teas, some of the first silent films ever shown at the Stoll and plenty of archive footage and you’ve got yourself a stellar mini film festival.

The Cinema Years in association with Whitley Bay Film Festival takes place at Tyne Theatre & Opera House from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th August.

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