139 Cowbridge Road East,
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Built 1912 as the Canton Coliseum Cinema and for much of its time second-best to the nearby Canton Cinema. It opened on 6th January 1913 with “Panthers Boy” and “The Indelible Star” and originally had a seating capacity for 900. It had a 25 feet wide proscenium. Around 1930 it was equipped with a RCA sound system and was re-named Coliseum Cinema.
Anecdotal evidence from local residents refers to "seats with holes in","always breaking down" and by the late-1950’s the Coliseum Cinema, part of the local Willis group was a long way from the luxurious venue described when it opened.
Bingo took over in 1961 and for the first time in many years queues were seen outside the "Colla". The success enabled some long-overdue redecoration to be done.
Bingo closed in the late-1980’s and the building was sold for re-development and was demolished. A purpose-built bingo hall was erected on the site for Castle Bingo.
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