Coliseum Cinema

Wheat Street,
Brecon, LD3 7DG

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Coliseum Cinema

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The Coliseum Cinema opened in 1925, with a seating capacity of 650. It had a 29 feet wide proscenium, a 25 feet deep stage and three dressing rooms. With the installation of ‘talkies’ in 1929, it was re-named New Coliseum Cinema.

By 1951, seating capacity had been reduced to 565. CinemaScope was installed in the mid-1950’s and the proscenium was widened to 32 feet to acommodate the wider screen.

The Coliseum Cinema was converted into a triple-screen cinema, which re-opened on 25th May 1980. Seating was now provided for 164, 80 and 51, and it was re-named Coliseum Film Centre.

In 1986, it was converted into a twin-screen with 164 seats in each screen and it reverted back to the name Coliseum Cinema. In 2009, the seating capacities are 120 and 188 and it continues as a first run cinema.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Alun Turner

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 14, 2008 at 10:52 am

A photograph of the Coliseum Cinema:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

A photograph of the Coliseum Cinema in May 2008;
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RossGC1
RossGC1 on September 29, 2009 at 3:31 am

Dear Ken,
Don’t think you got this quite right!
Electric theatre was just along Wheat Street,now St Michaels Church Hall. I have photo! Coliseum new build 1925. Became New Coliseum 10? years later. Tripled 1980 164/80/51. as Coliseum film Centre. Twinned 1986?) 164/164. Reverted to Coliseum Cinema. Now 120/188 Contact me for further details. RossGC1 (Owner!) CTA 646

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