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Gaumont/Empire site now occupied by Matalan.
Only part of the new entrance built in 1933,now the access to the dance/martial arts studio added after the cinema closed was behind a wall of the police station.Most of the building was sufficiently open to have been painted white at the same time as the street side a few years ago,but can now be seen as demolition progresses but will be hidden again as the new flats are built.
The far side of the building shown above closely resembles the Windsor Kinema as built in 1914, on the site of a hall which was operated for a short time as a cinema by the Willmore Brothers. The old hall’s several previous uses are described in one of the “Penarth Walks” leaflets published locally some years ago, which also mentions the other garage nearer to The Dingle.
April 2014, 2D digital and much improved sound system.Another tiny audience on the day of my visit, and “For Sale” board still on the building.
The building which replaced the Queens Cinema also used the site of the Evans shop.The current occupiers , Specsavers, recently moved from one shop unit into the other (on the cinema foyer site).
No. 94, also visible in the picture became part of the adjoining bank, but when the Cardiff Cinema opened there was also a small entertainment hall, called the Queens Hall advertised at that address.
Recently published photographs reveal that when the Panopticon became the Pavilion the original small entrance was still in use.The enlarged foyer and canopy , as restored for the now closed pub,was added shortly afterwards.
In 2013 plans to adapt the building for a new use were proposed.
The art gallery appears to have re-located to the newly refurbished Pier Pavilion which also includes a totally new 68 seat digital cinema.(Listed separately)
The Washington building will continue as a cafe and Tesco store with another retail unit still available.
In October 2013 the “Former Riva Bingo Hall” (sic) is to be sold by auction. The auction details suggest it as a development site .
A press advert in late 1913 shows afternoon patrons were treated to a free tea!
Correct picture, still wrong map.
Attempts to find a picture of the Ninian Palace as originally built have so far failed. The plans do not contain a front elevation but suggest it might have been similar to other smaller cinemas being built at the same time.The concrete frontage with metal window frames almost certainly dates from the repairs after the fire in 1949.
No trace of the Empire/Gaumont remains and now Primark are moving across the road into a building originally built for Woolworths and later occupied by BHS.(A theatre was planned but not built on this site ca 1910)
Andrew can find many of the plans of the building at the Glamorgan Archive (off Sloper Road) , most are in the 1933 bundle.
The addition of the dance floor after the cinema closed in late 1960, and alterations for use as a supermarket may be documented in the Council Planning Dept who retain plans for after the mid 1950’s and could be accessible as public records at the City Hall.
There are a few pictures in the local history books and details of the films shown usually appear in the local newspapers available on microfilm in the Central Library.
Almost all films are now presented by digital means in both cinemas.
Recently altered to a convenience store and less of the interior is now accessible.
Streetview image needs updating, the auditorium building can be seen from Westgate Street through the car park at the rear of the Angel Hotel.
The remaining frontage on Castle Street and the side of the building in Womanby Street, altered for use as a garage in the 1920’s are still visible.
Original plans can be seen at the Glamorgan Archive.
Appears to be partially closed, operating only one of the two floors.
Still open in late 2012 showing films in the traditional way ,from the “automaticket” and reasonable prices as you enter, a 450 seat auditorium, analogue sound, etc.
Unfortunately on a weekend evening less than 10% of the seats were occupied when I visited and whether this refects local apathy or the film on offer, which was the poorest major studio release I’ve seen in
ages, I’m not sure, but for a step back to cinema as
it used to be, seek this one out while you still can, as it has been up for sale for several years.
November 2012, still vacant.
November 2012- Martial Arts Organisation using upstairs former dance area.
The very extensive collection of papers from the various businesses owned by S. Andrews may be found at the Glamorgan Archive. They owned several cinemas in South Wales.
RhianDavies91 may also find that,in days gone by, Disney films were generally shown first at Rank (Odeon etc) cinemas in Cardiff and were often withdrawn from distribution after a time until being re-released years later.
Demolition contractors have completed their work. It is not known whether any more relics and memorabilia were salvaged.
Location is actually about 1 ½ miles west of point shown by Google map, the building is still there, much adapted.
Some evidence exists for the use of the Stacey Hall as a cinema, including the plan to add a projection room.It is also reported in Gary Wharton’s book, though I don’t recall seeing any press publicity, I’ll spend a wet afternoon looking at the newspaper archive.
Incidentally the Clifton wasn’t shown as being painted blue on the original plans!
A Westar/Peerless Magnarc projector was displayed in the Wetherspoons pub when it opened.