The Michaelides family have owned and operated The Assembly Rooms since 1974, when they
saved the then-derelict building from closure. Since that time, they have operated one of
Newcastle’s most in-demand and successful event venues, holding thousands of weddings, parties
and conferences and providing employment for hundreds of people during the past 45 years.
Antony Michaelides took over running the venue from his father Homer, and the family have made
huge investment to continually modernise The Assembly Rooms to ensure it remained competitive
in the city’s crowded leisure economy.
However, economic pressures, combined with the ill health of Homer Michaelides, have resulted in
the family taking the difficult decision to retire from the business and close The Assembly Rooms.
They have committed to servicing bookings until mid-December this year. People with bookings
beyond that time have already been personally informed of the impending closure and any
deposits paid are in the process of being fully refunded.
Antony said: “It is with great sadness I can confirm the closure of The Assembly Rooms. We have
put everything into this venue for 45 years, we are a family business and are hugely proud to have
made the contribution to the city and to this fantastic venue that we have. Sadly, over the past five
years, market conditions have become increasingly difficult – we are not one of the big boys with
the backing of a huge leisure operator, this is run by us alone and we have faced growing
challenges in doing so.
“Also, the recent ill health of my father, the founder of The Assembly Rooms, has meant that we as
a family have realised we are no longer able to channel the entirety of our time into a business,
and rather that we spend precious time together – we have not done enough of this over the past
45 years, and we have all realised that must change.
“I have committed to remaining open for the short-term future to service as many existing bookings
as I can, with the support of my fantastic team who have supported me and my family so well over
the years, but sadly that cannot continue into the long-term. We have given people with existing
bookings as much notice as we can, and have explained our situation as a family-run business.
This is a decision we have not taken lightly, as this is such a hugely personal thing for our family
and our ties to this building are so strong, but retirement from The Assembly Rooms and the
marketplace is something we feel we have to do.”
Following Sunday September 15th Bonbar will no longer be open to the public but along with the 467 Club it will be available for private hire until December 14th 2019
Please call 0191 232 8695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with enquiries.
Thank you for your continued support throughout the years.