The Mall, Monmouth Square,
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The Scene Cinema opened in the newly developed new town of Cwmbran, South Wales, on the 5th November 1972. Operated initially by the Star Group of Companies of Leeds, it was styled as an entertainment complex comprising of a modern open plan bingo hall and 3-screen ‘studio’ cinemas, seating 100, 80 and 130.
Within a few years it passed into independent control and has remained an independent cinema ever since. The bingo ceased operation in the mid-1980’s, however the cinemas remained a very successful operation on first run release films.
The unique feature of the cinema was that all three screens use a downward mirror periscope projection system serviced from a large projection room directly above the cinemas.
The cinemas remained virtually unaltered since 1972 and I think now could be the only remaining cinema in the UK using an original mirror periscope system. It was closed in early-2013.
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