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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that,in days gone by, Disney films were generally shown first at Rank (Odeon etc) cinemas in Cardiff and were often withdrawn from distribution after a time until being re-released years later.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.
In the absence of any other source coming forward, the local newspaper archive at the library, and a lot of time, should yield details of live performances at the Regal.You could try writing to the local paper (The Citizen) who might know of someone who kept a scrapbook of cuttings or can publish your enquiry.
Dick Emery film mentioned is dated 1974, seems an error has crept in somewhere regarding closure date.
The Glamorganshire canal – very busy in its day ran nearby but was abandoned and much of it was filled in after World War II. Old pictures show it at the pub called the Cow and Snuffers ( now also closed) a few yards(metres if you prefer)from the Tivoli.
I haven’t found a photograph of the Tivoli so am relying on the architect’s plans for details of its appearance, but agree that the rear portion is almost certainly, with subsequent alterations, repairs etc, the 1935 auditorium.
In August 2011 the demolition contractors had moved in and only a pile of rubble remained.
The Car Park will be there before long.
Did anyone take last photos of the interior?
This page needs an update too!
Wrong map. You need Church Road, Lawrence Hill.
Site of the entrance to this cinema was off to the left (not covered by the photograph as it is was in the now pedestrianised area)
Thanks to mickrick for the above comment. In the early 1900’s, roller skating was very popular and was offered in a number of halls , some later converted into cinemas.
Roller skating was advertised in the local paper at the Olympia for a while at the height of this craze, maybe the painting dates from this time?
Do any photographs exist of the picture, or of the proscenium before demolition?
You can find additional details from the original architects' drawings for the Andrews Hall and the re-construction in 1935 as the Olympia,then largely unaltered until the late fifties, at the newly constructed Glamorgan Archive, near the City Stadium.
S Andrews built a row of buildings fronting Queen Street as mainly shops and offices, with the hall at the rear and with an arcade nearby serving as an exit, and leading to the lane which ran behind the Olympia, Odeon and Gaumont and emerged onto Park Place opposite the Park Hall.At the western end of the lane was the film distribution vault described by Editha Pearce.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council have approved plans to demolish the Theatre Royal for the building of retirement flats, despite the efforts of a local campaign to save and hopefully reopen the cinema building.
Brian Bull installed an electronic organ in the larger screen when he twinned the Monico. I think it was a “Conacher”(or something similar). It was placed in front of the screen curtains as if it was a Compton or Wurlitzer.
If anyone has the date when Circle Cinemas acquired the Monico it should be possible to find the press cuttings advertising the 4-track magnetic sound screenings which probably took place before the twinning and Dolby installation.
Update to the opening film still awaited!
Some pictures are to be found on the RCT Council’s Library/Local History web site. They include the derelict BTH “Supa” projectors and an auditorium view .
Both the above links are defunct. Have these pages found new servers?
Leon Vint’s name has cropped up elsewhere. Is there any further information about this entrepreneur on the web or in print? I understand the name was his “stage name”.