Workmen's Hall

Abercynon, CF45

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Workmen's Hall

Built in around 1905, the building contained a lending library, reading room billiards hall and theatre. The theatre was operating with cinema use prior to 1914. By 1929, it was the first cinema in the town to fit sound equipment (here it was Western Electric) and it became the Workmen’s Hall Cinema. It had a 25 feet wide proscenium.

I passed this hall frequently on my way to and from Abercynon in the early 1960’s. It always had a dilapidated look about it. I can recall guessing that it was one of the many Workman’s Halls on its last legs at that time.

The facade was typical Rhondda Valley fleapit style. However, what made this hall different was to be seen at the first floor level. There was a large bulge built out over the pavement. As far as I could see the bulge must have accommodated the box. The probable reason for this odd design was that the hall was built as a theatre and later adapted for films.

The Workmen’s Hall wnt over to part time bingo and films in the early-1960’s, and later became a full time bingo club.

Contributed by Editha Pearce
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