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Curtain comes down on Ryhope cinema as it moves to Beamish

Ryhope sign post

7:09am 31st January 2018

An historic building on Wearside is about to lift the curtains for one last time, before becoming a visitor attraction at a new location.

The former Grand Electric Cinema in Ryhope, is being moved brick by brick to Beamish Museum.

It's being rebuilt and restored to its former glory, as part of a 1950s Town.  

This Saturday the public are being invited to visit the site on St. Paul's Terrace, before deconstruction begins.

Matthew Henderson is from Beamish:

It's the biggest project in the museum's 48-year history, with over 30 new exhibits being added.

Matthew says it's a huge project to lift the cinema and rebuild it in its new home.

Beamish Museum construction team

Matthew tells us more about what's planned for the development at Beamish including a place for visitors to stay overnight.

Beamish Horses at Work 1

If you want to be one of those to see the cinema before it swaps Sunderland for Beamish Matthew has some advice.

To book your place on the tour call 0191 370 4000 or email  or visit

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