Cinema

Market Street,
Newcastle Emlyn, SA38

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Built by J.W. Partington a local engineer and developer. The Cinema was powered by a water wheel, located in the nearby River Teifi, that in turn was connected to a generator. The Partington designed generator also supplied power to other parts of the town. The system is still operating today.

The Cinema was opened in the 1920’s and continued until at least 1944. It had gone from listings by 1947. Today the building is in use as a restaurant.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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edithapearce
edithapearce on October 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

When first opened as a cinema the building was known as the Old Hall Cinema. Later the name was shortened to that of Cinema.

Capelmawr
Capelmawr on November 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

I fear that your correspondent is mistaken in her assumption that the “Cinema” and the Central Hall cinema that was in Castle Street, Newcastle Emlyn were one and the same. The Central Hall (often known as the “Old Hall”) was Partington’s first venture into film. It was here that he started with silent films and had the generator provide electricity for.
He later opened the “Cinema” – possibly because his lease on Central Hall ran out – in Market Street providing sound via an Portable Talkies sound system in a hall that seated 450 patrons and showed just one performance per week.

The “Cinema” closed during the War, perhaps inevitably because at the time Newcastle Emlyn’s population was only 762 souls -hardly enough to sustain a Cinema of 450 seats, even with only one performance per week!

Capelmawr
Capelmawr on May 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

Further to my previous post, it seems that Partington did use only the Central Hall for cinema shows, but shows did not come to a halt with his ceasing shows circa 1944. The confusion was through Partington using his own address as the cinemas address in its latter days (He owned an electrical shop in Market Square and lived above it). Mr James Rees continued the shows until 1950, when he had the Castle cinema built in New Road (Opened in March 1952) and after the closure of the Castle an unknown man from Aberporth showed films at the Central Hall who made his living with a “mobile cinema” around the villages in the area. These shows did not finish until around 1970

A visit to Newcastle Emlyn in March this year found that the Central Hall still stands and is now known as the Apple Dance Studio

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