With a lot of people looking for ways to tighten their belt, plagiarism and pirating have become popular ways to watch films on the cheap. Or for free. It is no lie that this has been pretty detrimental for the film (and music) industry, particularly for cinemas. After all, in the case of Odeon, who wants to spend a tenner and then a mortgage on popcorn? But it has also meant that small, independent cinemas, like the Tyneside Cinema on Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, has taken some of the flack too.

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However, you’re living under a rock if you haven’t heard of ‘The Tyneside’, as the kids call it these days, in the conversations of said kids. It’s all the rage. And we know why – it’s brilliant. Offering a genuinely cultural and authentic cinema experience, the Tyneside Cinema does not fail to impress the film-goer who has only ever been to Odeon Metrocentre and Odeon Newcastle in their lifetime. There is absolutely no difference in sound or picture quality, and there just a real vintage feel to the whole building.

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The Tyneside Cinema has three screens and two cafes as well as a lovely bar to relax in before or after your film. It plays a lot (dare I say most) of the mainstream blockbusters, such as The Post, Three Billboards and Darkest Hour, as well as your more niche, indie films. There is something at the Tyneside Cinema for everyone, and at £5.75 for students, it also has a great price score compared to its rivals who offer literally nothing in terms of a student discount.

Overall, then, if you’re after seeing a good film, go to the Tyneside Cinema. It’s preserving culture, supporting a treasure of the northeast and, most importantly, it’s authentically authentic.