Parish Hall

The Wharf,
Chirk, LL14 5HR

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Built around 1890, the Village Hall, Chirk was first hired as a venue for film shows during the 1920’s showing four times per week with two changes of programme per week at prices of 2d to 1/–. The hall could seat 450 patrons and the proprietor was Ceiriog Cinema Co. Ltd. The venue was also used for concerts and had a stage and two dressing rooms for this purpose. The sound era was successfully navigated with a Gyrotone sound system.

Sometime in the 1930’s Chirk Empire Cinema Co. Ltd. took over the lease. There was no balcony but seats at the rear of the hall were raised on staging to provide a better view of the screen. Mr Pickwick was the early projectionist and he was followed by Mr George Greasley. The principle form of advertising was the distribution of leaflets to the nearby houses, I am told by Mr Greasley (The nephew of the projectionist) that payment for the distribution was by tickets for the cinema. The cinema also showed serials in the programmes in the early part of the week to encourage patrons to return.

The venue closed for films in the 1940’s and the venue is now used as a hall for meetings and amateur concerts and dramatics.

Contributed by Alun Turner
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