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See inside the ‘beautiful’ new cinema at Newcastle’s Marie Curie Hospice

See inside the ‘beautiful’ new cinema at Newcastle’s Marie Curie Hospice

A state-of-the-art cinema at Newcastle’s Marie Curie Hospice will help people “create incredibly special memories”.

The new room has been installed at Elswick Hospice by the Together for Cinema project, which is funded by the audiovisual industry. On Tuesday, the room was officially opened at the hospice, which was hailed as “excellent” by presenter Alfie Joey after six months of hard work.




Marie Curie’s acting director of operations in the North East, Gill White, told ChronicleLive the idea was to help hospice users relax and find comfort in the cinema – although the room is also expected to be used in the coming days for people at the hospice to enjoy England’s participation in Euro 2024.

Gill said: “I was blown away by the room. It’s everything and more than I could have expected. It’s just beautiful. Sitting there this morning, the first thing I felt was that I forgot where I was for a while. That’s exactly what I want patients and relatives to feel.”

She added that the room would have therapeutic value and said: “It allows patients and families the space to be themselves and create really special memories.”

Alfie Joey opens the new cinema at the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle. Pictured with interim head of operations Gill White(Image: Iain Buist/Newcastle Chronicle)

Ian Morrish, from Together for Cinema, added: “Together for Cinema is a good cause for the audiovisual industry that installs cinemas in children’s homes, adult care homes and other similar places such as respite care centres. So far, we have installed 45 different cinemas across the UK – this has seen around £1.2 million worth of cinemas installed.

“This is an industry that wants to give back to make a difference in the community. That’s what we’re looking forward to doing.

“In America, they have something called ‘film therapy’ and there’s something about the therapeutic impact of snuggling up and concentrating on a film, of getting emotionally involved in something imaginative.”

Alfie Joey opens the new cinema at the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle. Pictured with interim head of operations Gill White and Ian Morrish from Together for Cinema.(Image: Iain Buist/Newcastle Chronicle)

Together for Cinema’s funding partners include major companies such as Hisense and Silicon Labs.

Together for Cinema called on Tyneside-based firms Wakefields and Fleur Interiors to help furnish the room – with hospice staff thanking everyone involved for being “very, very generous”.

Martin Wakefield, of Wakefields, said: “We got the call from Ian – and we’re the designers and builders of the cinema. They said ‘we’ve got this design – can you help?’. So we came and had a look at the room.

“For me, it was a very personal experience. Because my mother was in that situation (in a mental hospital), I could relate to that and the idea of ​​being able to leave the room for a while and lose myself in a film.”

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