Globe Cinema

High Street,
Clydach-on-Tawe, SA6

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The Globe Cinema was opened in 1912 and was located in the town centre of Clydach-on-Tawe, Swansea. Although the frontage was a good example of Art Moderne style, the hall itself was basically an asbestos lined warehouse.
It was referred to by locals as the "Shack" or the "Shed".

Being close to the Mond Nickel works gave the cinema many problems. Dust constantly got into the cinema and the seats required much daily cleaning. If you saw a person, late on a Saturday night, with red marks on their clothes, then you could be sure they had been to the Globe Cinema. The auditorium had a 27 feet wide proscenium, and there was a dance hall attached to the building plus a snooker hall with 12 tables.

In the 1950’s it was running films and some variety style entertainments. It closed in the late-1980’s.

After it closed, it remained unused for over 18 years, and the semi-derelict building was damaged by a fire in March 2002, and was gutted by another fire in May 2004. It was demolished in November 2004, with a proposal to build housing on the site.

Contributed by Editha Pearce, Ken Roe

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Capelmawr
Capelmawr on July 26, 2011 at 4:56 am

In 1924 the cinema was under the propreitorship of J. Hopkin and running on one show per night with a childrens matinee on Saturday. Prices were 5d to 1/–. By 1938 a British Thomson Howell sound system had been installed and the one thousand seats were priced at 6d to 1/3d. The proscenium was 27 feet wide and shows were once nightly with two shows on Saturdays. By 1951 Mary Hopkin had taken over as propreitor (No information about her father/husband?) and seating had been reduced to 940 seats. Prices were now 1/– to 2/4d. By 1966 the Clydach and District Miners welfare Association had taken over the hall.

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