Magic Lantern Cinema

Corbett Square,
Tywyn, LL36 9DF

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Magic Lantern Cinema

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The small town of Tywyn (spelt in English Towyn) is located on the coast of mid-Wales, between Barmouth and Aberystwth in the Snowdonia National Park.

Opened in 1893 as the Assembly Rooms. The first listing of cinema use that I can find in the building is in 1947 when the Cinema is listed. By 1980 it was known as The Talkies Cinema, and was operated by Sideline Productions Ltd. It had 425 seats, projection was by BTH Supa Mk 2 35mm & 16mm and there was a stage provided.

From the 1990’s, it was known as the Tywyn Cinema. From 2012 it is known as the Magic Lantern Cinema

Also in Tywyn is Neuadd Pendre (Hall Pendre) which contains the Wurlitzer 3Manual/9Rank Wurlitzer organ, that was originally installed in the Granada Theatre, Woolwich, London.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Capelmawr
Capelmawr on July 26, 2009 at 4:51 am

The Welsh Cinema pioneers Arthur Cheetham and William Haggar are known to have put on shows here in the first decade of the twentieth century. The Cinema was known as the Towyn Cinema from at least 1951 (Kinematograph Yearbook)and had a British Thomson-Houston sound system. The propreitor in 1966 was H.T. Parks of Prestatyn. Cinema scope was fitted in 1955 on a 31 foot 6 inches screen when the cinema held 400 seated patrons, and admission was 2/– to 3/–.
There were three4 changes of programme per week with shows continuous from 6.30pm Monday to Friday and from 6.00pm on Saturdays. No shows at that time on Sundays.

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on July 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

It is now known as the Magic Lantern Cinema.

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