Side Cinema


Side Cinema

An accessible, 51 seat cinema on Newcastle upon Tyne's Quayside.

Amber opened Side Cinema in 1977, its rescued 51 seats include rare doubles. We programme films on Thursday nights and for a range of festivals….showing great films and available for hire...

The cinema can also be booked for private hires or parties at a cost of £165 + VAT. Read more HERE

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Bien de Chez Nous

Two Side Cinema afternoon screenings exploring participative filmmaking... Welcoming the international microcinema group Kino Climates, who are meeting in Newcastle, on Friday 7th November at 2.30pm we are screening SEACOAL (Amber Films, 1985, 83 mins) and offering a taster of our new film FROM US TO ME, revisiting the participants in Amber's 1988 documentation of the East German town of Rostock. Tickets £6/£4 concs

Then, on Sunday 23rd November at 3pm, we present the UK premiere of BIEN DE CHEZ NOUS (One of Us). A film about a small French town and its response when a refugee member of the community is threatened with deportation... Rich in the music and the detail of the town’s life and concerns, this extraordinary, participative, feature length drama has been made with the people of Lasalle in the Cevennes. Offering no easy solutions it draws on the community’s own experiences offering sanctuary to Afghan 'sans papiers' (asylum seekers) and a tradition of welcoming dissidents and refugees that goes back to C18th. An introduced screening, followed by a discussion, we are welcoming director Henri de Latour (also Lasalle's mayor) together with members of the cast and production team. The event is FREE, but please book tickets in advance.

Help Secure the AmberSide Collection!

Watch this video to find out more about our unique collection. We need your help to secure it for future generations, to make it and Side Gallery more accessible, to generate new projects with schools and communities and to build awareness of the work.

• Over 28,000 photographs, 100 films - 400 individual stories and a single coherent narrative;

• A constantly growing body of work, documenting NE England and reaching beyond;

• Sustained for over 45 years - one of the most remarkable bodies of work in the history of documentary.

AmberSide Trust is being set up to secure the collection's future and encourage access its resources. Once established, it will be able to take donations direct, but if you would like to help please contact Side Gallery now. We have already received generous support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England amd the gallery is closing after Christmas so work can begin... BUT we need to raise more to support our 3 year project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement, and to take things forward into the future.
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Sirkka Bronze-Plaqued! Official!

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard... Well, all right, Newcastle Quayside... and not yet, but definitely soon... look down at your feet and you might well see a bronze plaque celebrating Amber's own, truly wonderful Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, who has been nominated by the public as one of the first twenty to be honoured as local heroes! Up there with Bobby Robson, Cardinal Hume, Alan Shearer, Ant & Dec - and Amber friends Kathryn Tickell, David Almond, Robson Green and the late, much-missed Julia Darling - Sirkka was nominated, in particular, for her inspirational work in Byker... The press release has gone out ahead of the plaques, so they've got time to get the spelling right before casting it in bronze...


  1. Concessions apply to: those receiving income support; people in full-time education; young people aged 16 and under; senior citizens; asylum seekers and disabled people. Please show proof of validity upon ticket collection.

  2. We do not send reserved tickets in the post. Names will be added to the relevant screening list and tickets issued upon arrival to film screening.

  3. When paying for your tickets in the delivery section, when you are asked to select how you would like your products to be delivered, please select Cinema tickets only (collect at screening) – £0.00 option.

  4. To cancel reserved tickets please email or telephone 0191 232 2208 stating your full name.

  5. Cancellations made within 48 hours of film screening will receive refund – £1 cancellation fee per ticket originally purchased.

  6. Cancellations made within 24 hours will not be eligible for a refund.

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