While it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually got round to seeing a movie at the Tyneside Cinema, I do have a soft spot for the place. Back in the early 80s, when I was unemployed and had hardly any money and no TV, I used to go there quite frequently. For a start, they had special concessionary prices, and secondly, they showed lots and lots of good movies. Not just new stuff that the big cinema chains wouldn’t bother with, but classics too. I remember going to at least one Hitchcock afternoon – three movies for not a lot of money. Great stuff. And it was there that I first saw the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense, which remains one of my all-time favourites. Happy memories, and all that.
Anyway, the cinema has secured more funding, which should ensure that the plans to bring it back to its original 1930s style and to extend it will go ahead. Good stuff.
 I do believe it was Donnie Darko, which I just managed to catch on its first run
 And at least a couple of times after that, when I dragged friends along to see it
 It was the first thing I bought on VHS and the first DVD I bought. Come to think of it, the soundtrack was the first CD I bought as well