Savoy Cinema

Mostyn Street,
Llandudno, LL30

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Savoy Cinema

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Opened as the Cinema in March 1914, with a seating capacity of 923. It had a professional orchestra to accompany the silent films and there was a cafe attached. It was designed by local architect Arthur S. Hewitt and had seating on a single floor, with a 27 feet wide proscenium.

In 1931 it was leased to Associated British Cinemas(ABC), the only cinema they ever operated in North Wales. It was re-named Savoy Cinema in 1932. On 1st August 1936 it was taken over by local independent operator Llandudno Cinema Co. Ltd. On 4th June 1942 it was destroyed by fire and remained a wreck until after the war.

Building restrictions were lifted in the early-1950’s and the cinema was rebuilt to the plans of original architect Arthur S. Hewitt & Jones. It re-opened as the New Savoy Cinema in August 1955, now with 600 seats on a single floor. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium and the internal decoration was said to be ‘restrained’. The ‘scope screen was 24 feet wide and 13 feet high.

The Savoy Cinema closed in October 1986 and was converted into a shopping arcade in 1995, which continues today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

Ian on March 4, 2008 at 6:30 am

A photo of the Savoy whilst still operating, can be found here:

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davellandudno on January 7, 2012 at 4:37 am

I’m pretty sure that the Savoy was demolished and rebuilt, rather than converted into shops.

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