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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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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No Redemption Songs

No Redemption Songs

A behind the lines look at a community rallying together against implacable opposition

‘No Redemption Songs’ is a powerful film and music project between songwriter Brenda Heslop, her band Ribbon Road and photographer Keith Pattison, made to mark 30 years since the Miner’s Strike of 1984/5.

Advanced booking advised: £8.50

During 1984 – 1985 Keith Pattison documented the Miner’s Strike at Easington Colliery through an in depth series of black and white photographs following the striking miners and their families through the optimism of August, through the deepening pessimism of winter, to the final vote to return to work, Keith became the miner’s official photographer, often having to smuggle his films out while the action was happening all around him.

After meeting with Keith during 2013, Northumberland-based songwriter Brenda Heslop wrote a 10 piece song cycle ‘No Redemption Songs’ inspired by the photographs and recent visits to Easington Colliery.

‘No Redemption Songs’ showcasing both the film and the songs was performed to a sold-out audience at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the present day, as David Cameron’s / government policies castigating against ‘broken Britain’ gain momentum, the film and songs are potently topical.

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Poor Jossie

A Tenner and a Turkey


KEITH PATTISON – photographer Keith Pattison's exhibitions include The Borrowers; Home & Away; Easington 1984. Photographs from this collection were included in Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now at TATE Liverpool in 2006. He works chiefly as a production photographer, working regularly for The Young Vic, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Almeida, Theatre by the Lake, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Bill Kenwright.

BRENDA HESLOP – songwriter

Brenda Heslop hails from the Border country in Northumberland and is a unique talent in songwriting. Her seven studio albums with Ribbon Road have resulted in a stunningly beautiful collection of songs in which there is compassion, triumph, sorrow and hope, mixed with flares of anger at those who abuse their power. She has a captivating voice which draws the listener in to her stories of life in its many guises. Folk songwriters have always written songs about the people and their stories, their feelings, their experiences and Brenda carries on this tradition.

"Brenda is one classy writer and vocalist - her albums are slow burners that reveal their charms on repeated exposure...” R2 (Rock and Reel)

RIBBON ROAD – musicians, singers Ribbon Road – Brenda, Jill and Geoff Heslop, sing Brenda’s beautifully crafted songs drawing from folk music's long tradition yet relevant to our ever-changing modern times. Geoff Heslop has produced albums with many leading musicians, including Dick Gaughan, Bert Jansch and Alan Hull. Based on tight harmonies and simple instrumental arrangements which accentuate the words, their sound has a powerful directness often missing in contemporary song. Jill works with the highly regarded women’s theatre company Open Clasp.

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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