Carlton Cinema

17 Oxford Street,
Swansea, SA1 3AG

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on March 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Distant shot up Oxford Street. The bland 60s building is where the once gorgeous Swansea Empire theatre stood until 1957
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AdoraKiaOra on January 27, 2008 at 4:52 pm

The Carlton Cinema
Here are a selection of photos showing the gorgeous cafe of the Carlton.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/curtians/2220796788/

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on April 15, 2007 at 5:09 am

Ive now been into the cafe at the Carlton which is fantastic. The cafe is actualy on 2 floors behind the dome window you see in the above pictures. Fantastic ornate ironwork on the staircases and pillars holding t he staircase itself. Beautiful stained glass windows at the rear of the top floor. Very well restored and you can imagine it open in its heyday with cinema goers haveing afternoon tea before a film. I have photos of the cafe which i will post when the function is returned.

May i could take this opportunity to ask the editors of Cinema Treasures when we will be able to enter photos again on the site. Maybe there is another way that some could tell me as i have a lot of photoes i want to post here. Thanks.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on March 8, 2007 at 5:59 am

Thanks Ian! The above photo is proberbly from the 80’s when the building was left to look dreadful and many people just took it for granted it would disappear soon. BUT NO! – thanks to Watermans its still there, tho as explained above minus the auditorium (just a black room-nothing lost!) This new picture is one i took in March 2007 and shows just what a fantastic building it is. I tried to take a photo of the staircase inside the main entrance but was stopped by a security guard who said ‘its against company policy- no photos’ – i replyed that i wasnt taking photos of books!!!! but he wasnt having any of it. If anything id like to thank Watermans for the outstanding work theyve done. Ian x
PS i WILL get that staircae photo!

Ian
Ian on December 19, 2006 at 8:23 am

A photograph of the derelict – but still intact at this point – cinema can be found here :–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/74762095/