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Eric Evans commented about Camp Cinema Pwllheli on Jun 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I helped out at the Odeon Butlin’s during the period that Neuadd Dwyfor cinema Pwllheli was being refurbished,as the resident projectionist had been taken ill. The projectors were 2 Cinemecanicca Victoria 8 machines, Dolby Surround Sound and the xenon lamps were encased in converted Kalee lamp houses. Although the films opened on the nationwide release date,the Odeon company did not seem all that interested in the place,I don’t think the equipment was serviced very often and the screen tabs (curtains) did not work at all. Still it was a neat little cinema,but might have been better if it was not situated so deep inside the camp,locals had to check with the security to get in.

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Eric Evans commented about Palladium Cinema on Jun 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

I must admit to geoff a second mistake, I’m pretty sure by now that the first Cinemasscope film was another John Wayne seafaring adventure titled ‘Blood Alley’

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Eric Evans commented about Palladium Cinema on Apr 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Just noticed that in my introductory posting on the Palladium, I stated that it was demolished in the late 1980’s, typing error should have been 1990’s.

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Eric Evans commented about Neuadd Dwyfor on Mar 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Mike I hope to include some more soon.

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Eric Evans commented about ABC Cardiff on Mar 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I used to be a projectionist in Pwllheli before my retirement, I remember in 1960 going on a coach trip to Cardiff, setting off after 10.00pm Saturday evening. I did not even have time to pop home after finishing work, It’s not the easiest of journeys down to South Wales even now, but much worse back then.
After travelling all night we were all very tired after walking around all day Sunday,there was no hotel involved on this crazy trip.the bus was not due to set back for home until quite late on Sunday. In the end we all landed up in the Olympia, mostly just for the rest. the first thing I noticed was the location of the box as described mickrick,the first i’d seen in that position. The film running was ‘Hercules Unchained’ starring Steve Reeves not that we cared much of what was on offer. Smashing cinema I visited it a couple of times after that, when more awake !
Here’s a photo from 1996.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58677517@N03/?saved=1

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Eric Evans commented about Neuadd Dwyfor on Mar 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

Another photo here.
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Eric Evans commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Mar 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Here is a photo from 1991.
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Eric Evans commented about White Cinema on Mar 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Please try again here for the photo.
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Eric Evans commented about Palladium Cinema on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

When the Palladium converted to Cinemascope in 1956, the work was done over the course of a weekend, they started after the last show on Saturday night and completed it in time for the first show on Monday.
Pwllheli cinemas were closed on Sundays anyway in those days, so they did not lose on any performances. The new screen was wall to wall & in front of the procenium arch, also there was no need to lose any seats for the conversion. The old Kinematograph Cinema Directory is incorrect in attributing the Palled with 800 seats, as it was always 702. I have the old monthly programme, when i find it I’ll know the exact date.

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Eric Evans commented about Palladium Cinema on Mar 8, 2011 at 5:53 am

Here is a photo from 1991 during the supermarket years, It’s not the same without the name Palladium on that white wall.
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Eric Evans commented about Embassy Cinema on Mar 8, 2011 at 5:39 am

This is a not very sharp photo, as it was taken from a moving coach, I only just noticed it as we were passing, if the camera was not already in my hand I’d of missed it.
I’m only including it as the building was still open at the time, albeit only for bingo. I think it was around 1999.
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Eric Evans commented about Southern California Drive-In Movie Society on Mar 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Forgot to mention I’m from Wales,rather to far for me to check it out myself.

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Eric Evans commented about Southern California Drive-In Movie Society on Mar 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Can anyone help me ? when on holiday in 1992 in Southern California we stopped at a market which was held in a drive in theatre. I noticed that the projection booth’s port holes were just that,I mean ROUND windows.
This place is somewhere between San Diego & the Mexican Border,I have photos and when I find them I’ll paste them on here.

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Eric Evans commented about Premiere Cinemas on Mar 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Here’s a rather hazy photo.
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Eric Evans commented about Palladium Cinema on Mar 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Here’s a photo from 1993, when the Palladium was a supermarket.
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Eric Evans commented about Ritz Theatre on Mar 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Here is a photo of the Ritz which I took when on holiday from Wales in 1990, great double feature on at the time.
I once saw the British comedy “whoodunit” there, Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie’s “Murder At The Gallop"
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Eric Evans commented about Neuadd Dwyfor on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

This is a photo from 1992
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Eric Evans commented about White Cinema on Mar 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Next time I’m in Barmouth or Abermaw to give it it’s Welsh name,I’ll try to take a better photo of the White. It’s only an hour’s train ride from Pwllheli, but it won’t be until the summer.
It,s probably obvious due to the size of the building but there was no balcony, I remember this vividly although I was only 11 at the time as I had never been to a single floor cinema before.

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Eric Evans commented about Vine Theatre on Mar 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

Here’s a night view of the Vine from 1992
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Eric Evans commented about White Cinema on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

Glad to see that this cinema has been listed, I remember being in Barmouth as a kid on probably a Sunday school trip, and my sister took me to see “White Christmas” ( in the middle of summer"!!). A friend who used to work in the Barmouth area told me that the hand winch for the screen masking which changed the format for Cinemascope was in full view inside the auditorium, and one of the usherettes used to operate it, to loud applause ! The building now seems so small from the outside, it’s hard to beleive it used to be a cinema.

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Eric Evans commented about Pola Cinema on Mar 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

The Palladium Pwllheli also did not have to have it’s seating reduced.

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Eric Evans commented about Odeon Swansea on Feb 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Pange’s comment above that he was technically not old enough to work during the run of “Alien” reminded me that soon after I started as a junior projectionist,I was told by the chief that I could not work during the run of the “Little Hut” which had an X certificate, it starred David Niven & Ava Gardner.
Now this was 1958, and fifteen year old’s were much more naive than today’s youngsters,so I stayed home on the first evening of the film’s run. only to find that when I turned up to work the following morning it was a big wind up.
So everyone had a big laugh at my expense, the cinema in question was the Town Hall Pwllheli,which is still open under it’s new name Neuadd Dwyfor.

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Eric Evans commented about Majestic Cinema on Feb 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

The equipment at the Majestic consisted of two Kalee 12 projectors and the wonderfull Peerless magnarcs lamps,and as already mentioned above Western Electric sound system.

I was told that the equipment may have still been there at the time of the fire, even though it’s function during the last few years was that of a nightclub. I have no way of knowing if this was true.

Like the circuit’s other cinema in Pwllheli, the Majestic had a cafe which was a very popular and pleasing meeting place.

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Eric Evans commented about Majestic Cinema on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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Eric Evans commented about Majestic Cinema on Feb 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

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