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 in stalls and circle levels, 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 demolished. A shopping arcade was built and opened in 1995, which continues today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on March 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

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

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davellandudno
davellandudno on January 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

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

John Griffiths
John Griffiths on May 23, 2018 at 9:03 pm

It is true that the Savoy was demolished and rebuilt but on the same footprint and the frontage was made to resemble the dimensions of the original building. May I correct a fact on the original history overview. The Savoy was built as a typical cine-variety theatre with a balcony, small stage and a scenery door on the back wall. Not, as stated, a single floor. After the fire it was re-constructed internally without the balcony.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on May 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm

From My experience of a re-building after a fire More often then no the Walls survive quite well I have known one cinema survive 2 fires re Odeon Walsall were the foyer, walls and concrete circle survived So would be economic to keep the Walls and frontage In that area all the properties are owned by one family and set in plots, so they could not expand on the footprint of the building and have the plans approved by the Mostyn Family At one time I had hoped to have taken over the Savoy from Alan Hutchinson alas not to be.

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