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Visit The Customs House

Plays, panto and popcorn!

The Customs House is at the heart of South Tyneside's cultural activity, situated in a listed building in a beautiful location overlooking the River Tyne.

The venue houses:

  • a 440 seat theatre
  • a cinema
  • an art gallery
  • a restaurant and bar
  • fantastic rooms suitable for wedding receptions, conferences and celebrations.

Live theatre events

With a programme of live theatre events attracting the country's leading performers covering everything from drama to comedy, music and dance to pantomimes and plays - there's always an exciting range of entertainment on offer!

Great value cinema

Movie lovers can benefit from great value offers whether they want to see the latest blockbuster or classic films from the archive.

Diverse mix of art

Free entry to the gallery will give you access to a diverse mix of art forms. Whether you like figurative or abstract painting, sculpture or installation art, every time you visit the Gallery there will be something exciting, inspiring and perhaps challenging for you to see.

Eat and drink in The Green Room Bar & Bistro

For those looking for a spacious, comfortable environment to relax with a glass of wine before a performance or a bite to eat and a catch up cappuccino with friends, The Green Room Bar & Bistro provides the perfect setting.

Cultural Development Programme

The Customs House encourages everyone to get involved with a whole host of great activities as part of its Cultural Development Programme. Singing, drama, ukulele groups and dance classes are just a few of the sessions currently on offer!

What's near to the Customs House?

Just a stone's throw away from the Customs House is Harton Quays Park, a new addition to the riverside area offering stunning river views, water features and open-air theatre for summer performances.

There's also a number of traditional wine bars and pubs which offer real ales, whiskeys, live music and fantastic atmospheres close by.

Opening times

Box Office

  • Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm
  • Sunday - Tuesday, 11am - 6pm

On performance days the box office is open until 8pm.

The Gallery

  • Performance days: 10am - 8.30pm
  • Non-performance days, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 11am - 6pm

The Green Room Bar & Bistro

  • Performance days: 11am - late
  • Non-performance days: 11am - 4pm

Admission charges

Free admission to gallery. Show charges vary.


  • Car parking
  • Toilets
  • Bar
  • Restaurant


  • Wheelchair access throughout public areas
  • Accessible toilets
  • Lifts and ramps
  • Disabled parking
  • Discreet infra-red headsets available for Theatre 1
  • Loop system operates in Theatre 2

Please contact The Customs House for more information on seating arrangements.

Contact details and how to get here