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John Hughes (John Palladium) Chief Projectionist, either going or returning after been out on his boat sea fishing. Picture taken early 1950’s at the cinema’s car park.
I’ve uploaded a couple of pictures of this theatre, I was very keen to go inside as I once visited it when it was still a cinema. It was in 1962, my pal & I saw “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” I think it was then a second run picturehouse. I think the film starred Walter Pidgeon & Peter Lorre, then ageing stars.
Had to rush a bit in photographing the pictures I’ve just uploaded, our coach driver was only able to give me a couple of minutes,hence why I was unable to go round the side to catch the main entrance. I did'nt even notice that car.
Taken Saturday October 27th 2012.
Taken October 27th 2012.
I’ve uploaded a photo I took October 28th 2012.
Thanks CSWalczac, I have an exterior photo somewhere of the building when it was an Odeon, if I find it or the negative I’ll post it here, I also have some of the interior.
The above address is incorrect, Lon Dywod (Sand Street) is in the town of Pwllheli itself, Butlins was in the village of Penychain about 4 miles out of town.
Hi Martin, nice to hear from you I never went inside the Capital, but saw a few films in the Odeon & ABC Queen St. Also even further back the Prince Of Wales & Park Hall, also been to the VUE ,but as yet not the Cineworld.
Hope you’re well & thanks for buying all those photos.
I’ve added two more photos.
Film advertised in the stillbox on the left is “A Matter Of Who” starring Terry Thomas & Sonja Ziemen. On the right John Mills & Ettore Manni in “The Valiant” programmes changed every 3 days.
The film playing was “Girl In The Headlines” starring Ian Hendry & Ronald Fraser.
I’ve uploaded 4 more pictures, please just click on photos.
I’ve uploaded the now demolished building, please click on photos.
I’ve uploaded a photo taken April 2011 when on holiday from Wales, I thought the entrance may have been a bank in it’s former life until I read the intoductory post. We saw the film Arthur starring Russell Brand.
Enjoyed our evening there, sorry the photo is a bit crooked.
Have the redevelopment plans been abandoned? I see that it’s still operating in 2012.
Here’s another, from 1990 this time.
I’ve never been this far north, but having surfed the net I’ve discovered it’s now open again with a new name, The Thurso Cinema.
The Kinematograph Cinema Directory for 1958 states the Regal was equipped with BA (British Acoustics)sound system.
Not sure about the roof though, it’s not slate, is it one of those that required the projectionist to turn up the volume during hailstones etc !!
Nice to see a picture of the Regal, the first one i’ve ever seen. I never got to see the cinema in the flesh so to speak, nice frontage pity so many of these places have now been demolished.
Me again David, I just looked up the details in my old Cinema Directory for 1958, all it states about the equipment is BA sound (British Acoustics) and that they had 320 seats. Did you ever go inside David ? Billy Kenny who sadly died this year once worked there for a week or two as a relief projectionist, he was then second at the Palladium before he started as the Chief at the Town Hall, (Pwllheli of course in case any one else is reading this)He was the Town Hall’s manager for the last 19 years until his retirement.
I think the equipment he worked on were Kalee 12s.
Just looked up the Regal, that’s not at all the building I saw, I was obviously given the wrong information. It’s quite an impressive looking cinema. I’ll have to go to Ratings Row again next time I visit, and see if someone can show me the correct site.
Hello David, No idea who owns the painting, I took a photo a few years ago of what I was told was the old Regal in Beaumaris. It was then a private dwelling, must say it did not look like a cinema, or a new house.