50 Woodfield Street,
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Located in Morriston, a district north of Swansea, West Glamorgan. The New Opera House was opened in August 1899 and operated until 1903 when it was converted into a church. The Picturedrome was opened on 27th November 1910. It was re-named Regal Cinema in the 1930’s, certainly having this name in 1934. It was offering a mix of variety and films into the 1950’s. It was regarded as the better of the two cinemas in Morriston and usually got the first run of what ever had initially enjoyed success at the halls in nearby Swansea town centre.
The facade of the hall was quite impressive but what really made the cinema stand out was the massive dome, over the facade, that was visible from the Woodfield Street entrance. Located on the top of this dome was a rather strange statue of a person holding a flare torch – I could never quite work out the relationship between the somewhat out of place statue and the theatre/cinema entertainment industry.
The Regal Cinema was closed on 4th August 1962, and was demolished in 1965. A Woolworth’s store was built on the site, now a Wikinson’s store stands on an extended site.
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