North Road, Gabalfa,
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The Plaza Cinema opened on 12th March 1928 with Norma Talmadge in “Camille”. Initially an independent cinema, it was later taken over by the Cardiff Cinema Circuit, then by the Jackson Withers chain and finally by the Rank Organisation in 1976. Rank closed it on 17th October 1981 with Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” and Jamie Lee Curtis in “The Fog”.
I remember going to the Plaza Cinema as a child with my grandmother – it always seemed huge to me…. a large lobby stretch across the front of the building and old pictures of movie stars lined the walls up the stairs to the circle. From memory the auditorium was fairly plain however, it was a great place to see a movie except for the fact that it was right infront of a busy road so the distant rumble of traffic could always be heard in the background! It was demolished about 10 years ago – a block of flats now stands on the site.
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