“EVERY FILM A REVELATION!” - Durham On Film at the Gala Theatre And Cinema

We were delighted to present our Durham On Film show at the Gala Theatre and Cinema on Saturday 9th March, and were so thrilled to see a sold-out house of over 400 people in attendance.  

If you missed the show, which included footage of communities, industries and famous faces from across Durham County dating back to 1902, then fear not!  We return to the Gala with the show on Saturday 6th July!

We love creating these events and delivering them to the public and are happy that support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund allows us to do just that.  It is critical that alongside the careful protection of the films we have in our archive, we are able to bring them back to the public. 

Feedback on Durham on Film from those who attended was fantastic:

“Every film a revelation!”

“A great insight into the industry and heritage of Durham – fantastic!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed – thank you!”

“Interesting and enlightening.”

“As someone not native to the north east, I was moved by the passion that flowed from the footage, particularly those clips that focused on the region’s mining heritage. An enjoyable afternoon.  Excellent presenter!”

“Captured the spirit of County Durham!”


You can pick up your tickets for Durham On Film at Durham City's Gala Theatre and Cinema here.
But hurry -  they are selling fast!

In the meantime, as a taster here is one of our favourite films from the programme and which is available to view online for free via our online viewing platform.

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An early ‘local topical’ newsreel of a road race taking place around Blackhill near Consett in County Durham. The film shows the runners coming out of Olympia Hall, probably located down Derwent Street, the race getting underway and the competitors running along Queens Road, Durham Road and Derwent Street watched over by large crowds of spectator’s. The film ends with views of the crowds outside Olympia Hall as seen from a moving vehicle.