Coliseum Cinema

Station Road,
Porthmadog, LL49 9HD

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Coliseum's projection room, pre 1994

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The Coliseum Cinema opened on 20th July 1931 with Greta Garbo in "Romance". Seating was provided for 630 in stalls and circle levels.

The game of bingo was introduced one night a week in the 1970’s. The Coliseum was closed in September 1983 with "Friday the 13th – Part III". There was a large protest at the closure and the local townspeople rallied together and launched their own company to run the cinema.

It re-opened on 6th July 1984 with Kevin Bacon in "Footloose". The original 1931 projectors were replaced in 1994, when Barclay’s Bank donated some ‘nearly-new’ projectors that had been in their training cinema in London. The Coliseum Cinema is staffed by volunteers.

It was closed in late-January 2011, but there hopes it could soon re-open.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Capelmawr
Capelmawr on June 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Although the cinema is currently closed, much is going on behind the scenes to try to preserve its future.They have already held a ghost hunters night featuring the stars of the TV programme to raise cash and are currently running a signature list for supporters to try to get grant aid to carry out the necessary repair work and are also seeking suggestions on how further cash can be raised. A meeting to be held in the next couple of weeks will tell if re-opening is viable. The cinemas most profitable period is fast approaching – the main holiday period!

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

The Classic Television Series Film Rushes of the “The Prisoner where shown nightly after the normal programme finished.. and I think White Night Film did the same. Hope it manages to re-open

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on November 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

Please click on photos for picture and info on the projection room.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on November 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

Hmm Kalee 12 Projectors with drum shutters Universal sound heads (When first put in would have had sound on disc as well) and I think Kaylee Commadore arcs..

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on November 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I think the arc lamps are Vulcan.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Good read,thanks for the insight.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on March 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Just uploaded another photo of the former equipment, please just click on photos.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on March 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I’ve added a couple of photos of the present equipment.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on May 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

I’ve uploaded new photo of the Coliseum, now in arather sorry state but they are still hoping to reopen. The new commitee are hopefull of securing a grant to refurbish the building. But I have not heard mention of going digital,not being what you would call (cinema people) I hope they realise there is no option, or at least there won’t be in the near future.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on May 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Hmm. There is no choice, by the end of this year no more 35mm… They must have digital.. The are current problems in getting prints of films.. Mind you have always been told that there is a shortage of prints.. Thankfully I have retired.. and I have not got the worry of finding the money to do it….

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