66 Bridge Street,
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Previous Names: ABC Newport, Cannon, Metro, ABC
The ABC was built in 1968 right in the heart of Newport, South Wales on the site of the Lyceum Theatre which was demolished to make way for it.
Located on Bridge Street Newport, the ABC cinema opened 28th November 1968 and was originally a one screen cinema which could seat 1,320 people in a "stadium " auditorium. The cinema had 3 Phillips/Kinoton projectors with Peerless arc lamps which made the cinema ‘the’ place to see films made in the CinemaScope format.
The screen was large even for the standards of the day, it was 58 feet wide by 27.6 feet high. The auditorium was converted to 3 screens on 17th December 1980 utilizing the two outer projectors for the two smaller auditoria with 200-seats & 140-seats. The main auditorium with 530-seats still survives today and is huge in dimension, you feel dwarfed while sitting in your seat waiting for the film to start. (The screen is still the largest in Wales.) In April 1986 it was taken over by the Cannon Cinemas chain and was re-named Cannon.
The cinema was struggling to survive and changed hands twice since it was closed as the ABC in 1999. This was the best place to see the latest blockbuster.
Taken over by an independent operator and re-name City Cinema, it was closed on 3rd April 2008 and work began immediately to convert the building into a hotel.
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