Plaza Cinema

Talbot Road,
Port Talbot, SA13

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Plaza 2 1988

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This very imposing cinema building on Talbot Road opened at Easter 25th March 1940. It looks like a typical ‘Odeon’ circuit cinema, but it was always operated as an independent. It closed as a cinema with the film “Tootsie” in 1983 and was converted into a bingo club.

However this too had closed in July 1985. It was re-opened again as a cinema on 18th October 1985 with Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan”. By August 1988 it was converted into a four screen operation with seating capacities in the screens listed as 450, 280, 165 and 120. The Plaza Cinema finally closed in early-January 1999 with a screening of “Prince of Egypt”. The Apollo group had opened a new multiplex cinema in Port Talbot.

The Plaza Cinema has stood empty, unused and ‘For Sale’ since closing. It is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ian Howells, Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

A set of photographs of the Plaza Cinema in recent years, when open and sadly closed:
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Sean Pursey
Sean Pursey on November 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The cinema building was purchased by the local council (Neath Port Talbot Council) in October 2009. It is however still un-used and neglected.

HJHill
HJHill on July 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Is anyone able to give a definitive, evidence-based, answer on two claimed “facts” about this cinema.

“Fact 1”: This late 1930s development was a joint venture between Odeon Theatres and local business men; but Odeon pulled out because of the completion delay and bought the Majestic down the road. [It is true that Odeon Theatres did buy the Majestic in 1943; and the architect of the Plaza was Howard Williams of Cardiff (one of the local business men?)] Is the joint venture a myth?

“Fact 2”: The Plaza was divided into 4 screens. Studying interior photos on ForlornBritain.co.uk it looks like there were 3 screens (two in the rear stalls served by periscope projection; the third being the original screen viewed from front stalls and balcony). It is claimed that the balcony was partitioned off in some way and this was later removed. It would have been a substantial wall to give sound-proofing and to hold a screen and speakers. Had it been there, removing it would have caused significant internal damage but the photos show no sign of damage or of making-good. Also, how could a beam be projected to such a screen?

Sean Pursey
Sean Pursey on July 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

“Plaza1985” (Alex) Ran the cinema when it was subdivided.

For fact 1 I have no idea – I’ve come across nothing to support the claim.

As for fact 2 it was divided into four screens with a periscope arrangement for the balcony screen as far as I am aware. This was removed in 1997 when the front stalls floor became rotten and the balcony was served by the original screen again. Alex would be able to provide more information to support this however. Will point him to your comment!

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