Royal Cinema

Amlwch, LL68

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Royal Cinema

A white painted building that gave the impression of being of some importance. The Cinema was operating prior to 1937 with 600 seats.

In the early-1950’s (by 1954) it had been re-named Royal Cinema and with a Cinemascope screen fitted, the proscenium was listed at 29 feet wide. Still open in 1966, it had closed by 1980 and has since been demolished, with housing built on the site.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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edithapearce on October 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm

The owner of this cinema in the 1960s was a Mr.Morgan. He also did most of the projecting.
During the 1970s building was given over to the Dragonbeat night club and later to Wheelers night club.
The building then became a Kwiksave store. After Kwiksave was taken over by Somerfield the store was renamed as such.

Capelmawr on November 28, 2009 at 4:55 am

This venue opened circa 1924 under the ownership of Messrs C.W. & F.L. Johnson as “The Cinema”, seating 600 patrons with prices 5d to 1/3d. It ran on one show per night with 2 changes of programme per week.

By the 1930’s a Mr. T.J. Jones of Llangefni had taken ownership and had introduced Saturday matinees and a Kaylee sound system. Prices were now 9d to 1/6d.

Mysteriously seating is given as only 380 seats in 1951 from the 600 originally. But no explanation can be found for this. The ownership was now with a company known as Royal Cinema (Amlwch) Ltd. Programmes were nopw changed 3 times a week and prices were 1/9d to 2/3d.

Cinemascope was introduced in 1955 onan 27 feet wide screen in the 29ft wide proscenium. It appears that seating rose to 298 seats with tis installation, perhaps if true the only case of a cinema gaining seats with the coming of Cinemascope! Prices were now 2/– to 4/–.

The final fate of the cinema is correctly given in the first added comment.

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