Welfare Hall Cinema

Martyns Avenue,
Seven Sisters, SA10

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Located in Seven Sisters, near Neath. The hall was built in 1914 by Evan Evans Bevan, a local coal mine proprietor. It was purchased by the local Miner’s Welfare association in 1926 and soon after was renamed the Palace Cinema.

The building consisted of a brick built auditorium with a rendered front and a small metal canopy over the entrance. It had a 20 feet wide proscenium and a 14 feet deep stage, with two dressing rooms. By 1937, it was known as the Welfare Hall Cinema

After Cinemascope was fitted in the 1950’s, the screen was 28 feet wide. The Welfare Hall Cinema was closed in the early-1970’s and by 1978 it had fallen into a state of disrepair. It was demolished in 2001.

In 2009, there are plans to build a new community hall on the site.

Contributed by Editha Pearce, Ken Roe

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edithapearce
edithapearce on November 21, 2009 at 7:15 am

I am advised that the hall was demolished in June 2001.

Matmbl
Matmbl on December 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I grew up on Martyn’s avenue and have very early memories of playing there in the mid 1970’s. I sure it was demolished by 1980. It’s was an open patch of ground for many years with some low walls remaining from the original theatre for many years. Maybe it was 2001 when the ground was finally completely cleared.

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