Central Cinema

Hannah Street,
Porth, CF39 9RA

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Central Cinema

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Located at the corner of Hannah Street and Pontypridd Road in Porth, near to Pontypridd in the Rhondda Valley, Mid-Glamorgan. This was one of the Solomon Andrews and Son’s Ltd. early business ventures into the cinema trade. It opened around 1916 and had a 25 feet wide proscenium.

By 1937 it was operated by the Cardiff based Castle and Central Cinemas Ltd., and they were still operating it until at least 1966, and it was closed soon after. Today it operates as a Top Ten Bingo Club.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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geoffjc on October 11, 2009 at 3:23 am

Further information may be found in the book about the Solomon Andrews companies. A large amount of archive material also exists which will be more accessible in 2010 when the Record Office moves to larger premises.

geoffjc on April 29, 2010 at 2:19 am

Press advertisement announced the start of Bingo on 9th September 1968.

Capelmawr on July 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

Castle and Central cinemas owned the cinema from at least 1924 and ran it on 2 changes of programme per week at prices of 5d to 1/3d. They installed Western Electric sound system to see it into the sound era. It was noted as having 890 seats in 1951 when prices were 0d to 1/9d.

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