Odeon Sketty

13 Gower Road,
Sketty Cross,
Swansea, SA2 9BU

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Odeon Sketty Summer 1989 as Top Rank Club

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A typical 1930’s cinema front incorporated into shops on either side.

This opened on 3rd December 1938 as the Maxime Cinema and was built for and operated by Cornell Cinemas Ltd. a local independent. It was equipped with a 2Manual Lafleur (Hammond) organ.

From 13th December 1943 it was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain and was re-named Odeon from 21st July 1947.

The Odeon closed on 17th February 1962 and was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club a week later. In it last years of operation it was a Mecca Bingo which closed in October 1995. The auditorium was demolished in 2000 and a block of flats ‘Maxime Court’ was built on the site. The facade is in retail use.

Contributed by Ian Howells, Ken Roe

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on September 17, 2007 at 5:37 am

Whats left of the facade is in a pretty bad state. None of the cinema is left except the main front wall. The cinema front windows are now replaced by ordinary windows to the flats behind.

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