Popular Gateshead speakeasy bar Prohibition has announced its plans to move to Newcastle – in spectacular cellulouid fashion.
Leisure entrepreneur Mitch Mitchell is moving his 1920s and ‘30s focused venue into Newcastle’s Jazz Cafe, three years after first launching Prohibition Cabaret Bar as the region’s very first vaudeville and music-hall themed bar in a converted railway arch.
His miniature Boardwark Empire will also have a traditional Victorian Tea Parlour, a private hire bureau and a separate 65-capacity venue space once it undergoes a full refurbishment ahead of a January opening.
And to celebrate the move, Mitch and his staff filmed a Prohibition promotional video which he described as a tongue-in-cheek take on scenes reminiscent of Peaky Blinders.
After crossing the Tyne to get to their new home, the group park their cases on the pavement.
But the slick scene is ruined as one of the staff – Jam Jar – knocks his case open to reveal sparkly showgirl underwear, clown nose, deck of cards and comedy rubber horn, dispelling the gangster image viewers had been lured in with.
He said: “We had a lot of fun filming this video, we hope it gets the reception it deserves. I needed to portray the Prohibition sense of humour and unfaltering dedication to all things entertainment.
“I envisaged my staff and I crossing the three different original bridges over the Tyne with cases of liquor and boxes of belongings, symbolising us moving over the water and closing in on the city centre.
“We crossed the High Level, Swing Bridge and of course the iconic Tyne Bridge and followed routes passing some of our finest buildings and architecture – The Central Bar, Amen Corner, Newcastle Castle, The Mining Institute and the Royal Station Hotel, all leading us to the new premises on Pink Lane.
“We filmed last week at 2am in the morning to avoid traffic and be able to be in town when it was quieter. The whole video was filmed by my neice, Amy, an independent photographer and videographer, just starting out with a freelance business of her own called Amy Brown Photography.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with the results! Amy did a fantastic job, and managed to capture the footage I could see in my mind and make it a reality.”
Source : Chroniclelive