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Tyneside Cinema, the grand old dame of Newcastle’s independent film community, celebrated its 80th birthday last year. The only surviving Newsreel Cinema in the UK, the Tyneside is a much loved North East institution, and it seems only right there’s a film made in its honour.

The Dream Palace, which will be screened from Friday 2nd March, was directed by Alex Ayre, a graduate of Tyneside Cinema’s education, training and production programme. Ayre, whose work has also been showcased by Channel 4’s Random Acts and BBC Fresh, uses archive footage to delve into the history of cinema as well as capturing the stories of the community who use the Tyneside itself. We hear from Mary, who tells of the cinema experience in the forties and fifties, Sue who discovered a sanctuary in the Tyneside for LGBTQ films in the eighties, and Yolanda and Ignacio’s discovery of the “really weird” Tyneside Cinema when they first moved to the region. Interviews with former staff members as well as leading figures, from filmmakers Ken Loach and Mark Cousins to actress Andrea Riseborough, also feature.

Ian Fenton, The Dream Palace’s producer, explains how important it is for cinema to thrive, particularly when faced with increasing challenges from home entertainment and streaming. “It reminds us of the important role cinema has played and continues to play in society, the power of shared experience and that coming together to watch films will always be a relevant and important thing to do.”

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