b'ALL ABOUT USThe Customs House is open 363 days of the year and is located within the conservation area of Mill Dam in South Shields. Situated on the south bank of the River Tyne adjacent to the ferry landing, it has impressive views both across and up and down the river.When you visit us youll nd a 439-seat theatre, 145-seat cinema, gallery spaces, Dame Bellas restaurant, and the Dalton Suite; a community room and event suite that holds up to 120 people. Annually we welcome over 250,000 people into The Customs House.Were a registered charity and dependupon support from our generous individual supporters and corporate sponsors. Every penny of prot is reinvested to help DAVID MILIBANDus support the local community, deliverFormer Foreign Secretary and South Shields MP education projects, nurture new creative talent and maintain our Grade II listedHistory and future, tradition and creativity, friendship and building.new friends - thats what The Customs House means to me.Its a proud symbol of the Shields of yesteryear, but it is not stuck in the past.It lives for new ideas and new ways of doing things - especially with young people.Its about a determination to succeed and a willingness to risk failure.'