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Old Cinema Laundrette; Durham

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Despite one of the strangest misnomers, (or is it?) this is a fairly recent addition to the N.East’s venue list and has already a sound reputation for providing a bit of something for everyone….

The tiny Crescent Cinema of Gilesgate Moor, Durham was opened in 1928 with a capacity of 320 seats. In 1941 it changed its name to the Rex under new management. It closed in January 1958 and the last film to grace the screen was the action packed movie Eagle Squadron. The retro-chic of the Launderette will showcase the cinematic history of the Rex alongside a hand picked selection of vintage washing-related advertising.

Gid list for the Autumn/Winter season so far includes:-

September 2019
Sep 04 The Lake Poets
Sep 05 The Lake Poets
Sep 08 India Electric Company
Sep 13 Phil Odgers
Sep 14 Old Red Eyes
Sep 19 Belinda O’Hooley
Sep 20 Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith
Sep 21 Michael Chapman
Sep 26 The Times & Life Of Beryl Burton William Fotheringham
Sep 28 Julie Felix

October 2019
Oct 05 Ben Walker
Oct 10 Louis de Bernieres
Oct 11 The Shining Levels - The Music Inspired By The Novel
Oct 12 Broken Chanter / Randolph’s Leap
Oct 16 Christine Collister / Michael Fix
Oct 19 Rachel Sermanni
Oct 24 The Dunwells
Oct 26 Gwenifer Raymond
Oct 31 The Slocan Ramblers

November 2019
Nov 02 Mt. Doubt
Nov 08 The Local Honeys
Nov 09 Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
Nov 16 Ian Siegal
Nov 19 Dan Owen

December 2019
Dec 21 Beccy Owen & The Refuge Beccy Owen

February 2020
Feb 01 Peter Bruntnell
Feb 21 Ian McMillan / Luke Carver Goss
Feb 26/27 John Otway / Wild Willy Barrett

March 2020
Mar 05/06/07
3 Night Residency Martin Stephenson

April 2020
Apr 02 Carrivick Sisters

May 2020
May 20 An Evening With Richard Digance

     

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Well then, along with a few others, finally managed to pay my first visit to the “Laundrette” and came away determined that it won’t be the last.

From the offset, don’t expect the Royal Albert Hall, after all, at the RAH you can’t get a service wash… Seriously though, you walk in off the street and you’re in the performance room, so do expect a little traffic noise from outside if you’re sat by the windows. At the far end is a “bijou” but comprehensive bar, reasonably priced and good coffee available.

The “stage” and p.a. is set-up in front of a bank of dryers (fortunately switched off during shows) and really, isn’t for much more than acoustic performance, which is fine as I don’t think they want to attract the Halle Orchestra. Quips aside, modest but adequate stage lighting and good sound management make for a very reasonable venue.

Seating is folding chairs - this is a working laundrette by day, remember, and I’d estimate 50 comfortable approaching intimate before they need to swing from the lamp fittings or serious danger of a headstock in the face.

Gotta give this place top marks for originality and judging by the upcoming gigs, it’s a favourite with artists.

     

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Take September/October dates as “provisional”, but updated roster looks like this:-

Amelia Coburn Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 4th September 2020
Old Red Eyes - Tribute to Paul Heaton *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 11th September 2020
TV Smith (Adverts) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Saturday 12th September 2020
Catfish Keith (2 night residency) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/Sat 16-17th October 2020
Martin & Eliza Carthy Venue - Ushaw - Friday 23rd October 2020
Diana Jones Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thursday 5th November 2020
Mark Morriss (Bluetones) *Rearranged date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/Sat 6&7th; November 2020
An Evening with Richard Digance *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thursday 12th November 2020
Peter Bruntnell - *Rearranged Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 13th November 2020
Chris Wood Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Saturday 14th November 2020
David Ford Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/sat 27-8th November 2020

The Primitives (Acoustic) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Mon/Tue 25-6th January 2021
Chris Helme (Seahorses) - 2 night residency Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/Sat 5-6th February 2021
Martin Stephenson (3 night residency) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thu/Fri/Sat11-3th February 2021
Emma Stevens *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Wednesday 17th March 2021
Kaia Kater *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 26th March 2021
Kris Drever (Lau) - *rearranged date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Sunday 28th March 2021
John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett (3 night residence) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - 14-16tth April 2021
Martha Hill *rearranged* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 23rd April 2021
Collister & Fix Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thursday 23rd September 2021

     

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mcraggs27 - 03 August 2020 12:04 PM

Take September/October dates as “provisional”, but updated roster looks like this:-

Amelia Coburn Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 4th September 2020
Old Red Eyes - Tribute to Paul Heaton *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 11th September 2020
TV Smith (Adverts) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Saturday 12th September 2020
Catfish Keith (2 night residency) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/Sat 16-17th October 2020
Martin & Eliza Carthy Venue - Ushaw - Friday 23rd October 2020
Diana Jones Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thursday 5th November 2020
Mark Morriss (Bluetones) *Rearranged date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/Sat 6&7th; November 2020
An Evening with Richard Digance *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thursday 12th November 2020
Peter Bruntnell - *Rearranged Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 13th November 2020
Chris Wood Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Saturday 14th November 2020
David Ford Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/sat 27-8th November 2020

The Primitives (Acoustic) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Mon/Tue 25-6th January 2021
Chris Helme (Seahorses) - 2 night residency Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Fri/Sat 5-6th February 2021
Martin Stephenson (3 night residency) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thu/Fri/Sat11-3th February 2021
Emma Stevens *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Wednesday 17th March 2021
Kaia Kater *New Date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 26th March 2021
Kris Drever (Lau) - *rearranged date* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Sunday 28th March 2021
John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett (3 night residence) Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - 14-16tth April 2021
Martha Hill *rearranged* Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Friday 23rd April 2021
Collister & Fix Venue - Old Cinema Launderette - Thursday 23rd September 2021

Still got my tickets for Richard Digance, 42yrs after the first time I saw him supporting Elkie Brooks in 78. I saw him 10 yrs ago, I would have seen him the year before but the theatre cancelled.“What Happened?” I asked him. Well, he said, its not always as full as tonight’s show, sometimes I have to get the St Johns Ambulance to treat people for loneliness