Lower Cardiff Road,
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The Palladium Cinema opened in 1935 with the film “The Camels Are Coming” starring Jack Hulbert. The cinema had a cafe attached, for the convenience of patrons.
It closed on 22nd October 1977, the final film was “When the North Wind Blows” starring Henry Brandon. It was operated by a North Wales based circuit called the Paramount Circuit, but had no connection with Paramount Pictures.
The company’s head office was in Welshpool mid-Wales. The equipment at the time of closure consisted of 2 Kalee 20 projectors, British Acoustics sound system,& 2 Kalee Vulcan arc lamps.
The screen was 35 feet on ‘scope format. It was installed in front of the old proscenium in order to ensure they had a bigger screen than the opposition council run cinema, which incidentally is still open. The Palladium Cinema or the 'palled’ as the locals called it, was converted into a supermarket, and demolished in the late-1990’s when a new purpose built store opened.
This was a great loss to this small town of ours. The chief projectionist the late John Hughes (John Palladium) was there more or less from the very beginning, until the closure.
After demolition they built a Jobcentre on the site.
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