Mill Road, Ely,
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Opened in October 1928 by the Splott Cinema Company to serve the expanding Ely district of Cardiff, employing Willmott & Smith as architects.
This large brick building with a small entrance at the top of a flight of steps had few decorative features and it appears that the small balcony was not in the original plan. When opened it was still in the silent era but sound was fitted by the end of 1929 and some decoration and modifications were carried out in the summer of 1937.
In common with all the company’s cinemas, CinemaScope was installed in 1955 and neon lighting shortly afterwards.
Bingo arrived in 1961 for part of the week, but full-time films had returned within a few months reportedly after problems with the local authority. For a time good audiences were attracted as a number of popular films were available when city centre screens were occupied for weeks/months with road show presentations of “The Sound of Music” and “My Fair Lady”.
Bingo returned, full-time, in 1968 but the Westar projectors were retained for occasional use at holiday matinees e.g. a showing of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” on 1st January 1972.
After bingo came to an end by 1996, the building suffered fire damage and was demolished.
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