Restored Peter Yates Mural Unveiled at the Tyneside Cinema

 Peter Yates Mural Tyneside Cinema Newcastle edgePhotograph : E Ganzert
WC Fields features in this distorted image of the mural.

Also on the night of April the 23rd,
Peter Yates’ freshly renovated 1976 mural entitled “Shadows and Light” was unveiled at the newly reopened Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. “It portrays a potted history of moving pictures, starting with a Victorian zoetrope machine and ending with an Andy Warhol-inspired portrait of Marilyn Monroe”.
Article from Tony Henderson at The Newcastle Journal, June 4th, 2009

Mural Restored to Glory

Peter Yates painting 1976 Mural at the Tyneside Cinema
Peter Yates at work merrily painting Laurel and Hardy. “

One of the features of the restored Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is the wall mural painted by Peter Yates in the 1970s.
It portrays a potted history of moving pictures, starting with a Victorian Zoetrope machine and ending with an Andy Warhol-inspired portrait of Marilyn Monroe.
The mural was discovered at the start of an 18 months redevelopment project at the cinema.
The cinema paid for the mural to be removed and protected in storage until it could be moved back into the revamped building.
Peter Yates was a committed member of the Tyneside Cinema Club in the 1960’s and he later became involved in the redecoration of the original Club Cinema, which later became the Electra”.

Peter Yates Mural Tyneside Cinema 1976Peter Yates Mural Tyneside Cinema Electra Theatre 1976


These are photographs from 1976 when the mural was new. See also photographs of the fully restored mural