Memorial Hall Cinema
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Opened in 1925, the Memorial Hall on the High Street in Criccieth, North Wales was designed by architect Morris Roberts of Porthmadog in a mix of Art Deco and Arts & Crafts styles. The foundation stone was laid in 1922 by David Lloyd George.
It served as the town’s cinema from at least 1937, and I believe was once run by the same owner as the Coliseum Cinema in Porthmadog. I used to have an aunt & uncle who retired to Criccieth and they told me that sometimes you could only sit upstairs as the downstairs seats had been hired out to other places for functions, and main floor was also used for dancing. The proscenium was 28 feet wide. In the mid-1960’s it was operating as a cine in the Summer months only, and had closed by 1980.
The Memorial Hall still stands today and is used by a local dramatic group for their plays and for parties, wedding receptions etc. When I was in Criccieth in 2008 there was an antique fair being held there.
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