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.

Blue Moon Film Festival, 21 Oct - 25 Nov

Wonder Woman
Celebrating women and film, bringing great work that hasn't been seen in the North East and organising great events, Blue Moon Festival takes place across Newcastle's three independent cinemas - Side, Star & Shadow and Tyneside. Kicking off at Side Cinema, on Tuesday 21 October, 7.30pm, it's screening Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's funny, richly informative and inspiring documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines - for tickets click here.

Also at Side, on Tuesday 28 October, 7.30pm, it screens the wonderful Kim Longinotto's Salma a powerful documentary about a girl, locked up by her family for 25 years, who emerged to become a major Tamil poet. For tickets click here.

The festival then moves on to Star & Shadow with An Open Night for Women Filmmakers - an open screening opportunity and a panel discussion (Wednesday 12 November, 6.30pm) and a Silent Films/Live Music night on Friday 14 November, 7.30pm, featuring Lotte Reiniger's Hansel & Gretel, Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon, Lois Weber's Suspense and Germaine Dulac's The Seashell and the Clergyman - together with live scoring by Iceni and other bands. The festival then finishes with Noemie Lvovsky's 2012 rom com Camille Rewinds at the Tyneside on Tuesday 25 November, 6pm.

Click here for more programme info. Tickets for Side Cinema events will be £5 (£4 concs). All tickets will be available from Blue Moon, including Side Cinema events (links above).

The Good News!

Side Gallery Redevelopment

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Amber £1.1m for a three year project The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement. Side Gallery access... bigger and better gallery spaces... reduced need for thermal underwear... a study facilities with digital access to the collection and a library... better collection housing... lots of digitisation... lots more online and a really ambitious website... a whole host of projects in communities and schools... We're talking serious Christmas, here!

And in case you're wondering, the illustration doesn't mean we're going for a glass wall in the alleyway - although we were tempted. Created by xsite architecture, as part of their design, it reveals the re-imagined interior.

Read the press release here

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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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