Looking Back at the Prince’s Theatre, North Shields
George Bell, of the Newcastle architects Dixon & Bell, had experience of designing theatres over 30 years.
For the Prince’s Theatre, North Shields, he planned a 2,000-seat auditorium, with extra room between seats and a stage that could take the most important live productions. A long corridor and verandah would protect the queues; the adverts stated that it was the only theatre on Tyneside to do this.
Beneath the stage was a crèche as it was felt that children would disrupt the new ‘Talkies’, with a trained nurse in charge.
Carpeting, cleaned by an on-site vacuum plant, oriental style interiors and a pollution-proof exterior all spoke of the directors’ intention that the Prince’s should be a high-class house.
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