Washington Luxury Cinema
1-3 Washington Buildings, Stanwell Road,
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The coastal town of Penarth, a few miles from Cardiff was home to cinemas owned by the Willmore brothers from London in particular the Windsor Kinema (1914-ca1957) and this fine building of 1938, the Washington Luxury Cinema, taking its name from a hotel previously on the site.
Built to a very high standard it had closed by 1977 and became an EMI bingo club. It later housed a night club and in 1990 survived a threat of demolition.
In 1994 the empty building was damaged by fire, just as plans were underway to convert it into retail and office use. In 1995 these plans were carried out, the auditorium was totally gutted and the balcony removed. A discount store occupies the premises under a suspended ceiling.
The front-of-house building has been converted into a cafe, art gallery,and offices but most external features survive. In 2013, the art gallery moved to the Pier Pavilion, part of which was re-opened as a cinema.
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