Sinema Neuadd Buddug

4 Pensarn Road,
Bala, LL23 7SR

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Sinema Neuadd Buddug

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Originally the Victoria Hall, which dates from the 1890’s. By the 1930’s it had become the Victoria Cinema with seating for 350. The proscenium was 15 feet wide.

In the 1970’s it was taken over by ther local Bala Council and its name changed to Sinema Neuadd Buddug (Cinema Hall Buddug). It is now operated by Gwynnedd District Council and screened first run films as well as presenting live stage performances. It ceased showing films on 1st April 2015 when the supply of 35mm prints ran out. A fundraiser is being organised to purchase a digital projector.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 14, 2008 at 11:22 am

Here is a photograph of the Neuadd Buddug Cinema:

Capelmawr on July 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Sometime in the 1950’s the cinema came under the contol of Guy Bakers Paramount Pictures Circuit. After his death in 1983 the Victoria, as it was still known at the time, closed, as did all Guy Bakers cinemas. It re-opened when Bala Council purchased it to stop its permanent closure.

Unfortunately its future is again in doubt as Gwynedd Council announced in May this year that they were putting the cinema up for sale to curtail their costs on the building and to raise much needed funds. What will happen? One hope is that the people of Bala club together to save their cinema, much like the people of Porthmadog did in 1983. Unless someone reading this wants to buy a cinema, That is.

harhln on December 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

There are very few public amenities in Bala – Iâ€\m definitely in favour of keeping the cinema. I was recently (Nov 09) told by Gwynedd Council that Bala councilors made no attempt to stop the ‘disposal orderâ€\ on the cinema – what are they thinking? I would be interested to discuss this further – if Mr A Turner would like to get in touch.

Capelmawr on February 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

Have tried to e mail harhin several times but have not got a reply. Perhaps he would e mail me?

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on March 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

The projection equipment at Neuadd Buddug consists of two Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projectors,with a Westrex mono amplifier.The stairs up to the projection rooms are a bit of a nightmare when carrying films,it’s a spiral staircase in a confined area.

Screen illumination is very good considering the age of the screen,which for one thing has been subjected to years of cigarette smoke.

The cinema is only open 3 nights a week,(Wed Fri & Sat)hope the council sees sense.

Installing surround sound would be a start,must be loads of dolby analogue stuff going quite cheap with so many cinemas having installed digital sound.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on August 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I’ve uploaded 8 photos from 2007, but in doing so the Google picture which was there has disappeared, shame really as it shows how nice the exterior looks now compared to my pictures. Is it possible to restore it?.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on August 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Please click on photos to view a recent picture taken by Mr Mark Ball of Neuadd Dwyfor Cinema Pwllheli. Both cinemas are run by Gwynedd District Council.

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