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Originally a pre-World War I cinema, named the Electric Theatre, it was later closed. The Hanbury Cinema re-opened in late-1939 and was Bargoed’s first run cinema. In 1955 it was a part of the Jackson Withers circuit and was still operating in 1965, but became a bingo club in the 1970’s.
The bingo club eventually closed and the building stood empty for several years. In August 1990, plans were proposed by Brian Bull to re-open the Hanbury Cinema. At that time he was operating the Monico Cinema, the Monroe Cinema, both in Cardiff and the Theatre Royal Barry. The re-vamped Hanbury Cinema was due to open by Christmas 1990 and would replace the Cameo Cinema (former Palace Cinema). By 1980, the Cameo Cinema was still operating and the Hanbury Cinema had closed.
The building was still standing derelict in 2005.
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