Empire Cinema

Ropewalk,
Neath, SA11 1AS

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Empire Cinema

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A prominent building on one of the towns main streets. The Empire Cinema opened in October 1926. Initially it had a programme policy of films and variety, although the stage was not large, it had a 25 feet wide proscenium opening. The cinema also had a cafe and a dance hall attached.

In late October 1931 a Christie 2Manual/6Ranks theatre organ was installed and the console was on a lift. It was opened by organist Jack (Coutney) Taylor. In the summer of 1936 the building underwent some re-furbishment and it was closed until November of that year. After the end of the war it was taken over and operated by South Wales Cinemas Ltd. of Swansea (Jackson Withers circuit).

In the early-1960’s it was converted into a bingo club, a use that continued into the 2000’s as the independently operated Empire Bingo Club. It had closed and was demolished by 2013.

Contributed by ian Howells, Ken Roe

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jac163
jac163 on December 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

It has since been demolished to make way for low rent flats

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