Plaza Cinema

96 Church Street,
Flint, CH6 5AF

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Plaza Cinema

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Located in the North Wales town of Flint, once the County town of Flintshire. Built for Deeside Enterprises Cinemas, the Plaza Cinema opened on 26th December 1938 with Gracie Fields in "We’re Going to be Rich". The exterior was built in grey brick and was rather ‘boxy’ looking. The only relief being three decorated square grilles above the canopy which contained mythical figures.

Inside the auditorium, seating was provided in stalls and circle. There were silver columns on each side of the 35 feet wide proscenium opening. Above the proscenium were panels which contained signs of the Zodiac, and there were relief figures on the side-walls, again given a silver treatment to allow lighting to be played off them. The ceiling is stepped down in wavy paterns and contained concealed lighting for the elaborate Holophane lighting system.

The Plaza Cinema was taken over by the independent operator Wedgewood Cinemas in 1965 and the auditorium was re-decorated in two shades of blue with cream trimmings. It was later re-named Wedgewood Cinema. Taken over by Mecca Ltd. on 1st January 1975. Despite local opposition, they were granted a bingo licence and the cinema closed on 1st August 1975 with Victor Garber in "Godspell" and Graham Chapman in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

It then began use as a Mecca Bingo Club which continued for many years. In recent years it has been operated as the Palace bingo club by the same operators as the Palace bingo club in Conwy. It was closed around 2011. In the summer of 2016 there were proposals to re-open the Plaza as a cinema.

The former Plaza Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Eric Evans
Eric Evans on August 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm

An article this week in the “Daily Post"featured a story about the Plaza.They state that it’s in very good condition considering it’s been derelict since 2010 when it closed as a bingo hall. Films ceased showing in 1975,the photo in the paper (Monday August 8th. 2016)looks very nice. A caretaker has been looking after it with great pride.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on August 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

I’m surprised no one has as yet commented on such a great looking cinema, I forgot to mention in my first comment that the cinema has still has it’s balcony seats in place.

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