66 Bridge Street,
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The ABC was built right in the heart of Newport, South Wales on the site of the Lyceum Theatre which was demolished to make way for it.
Built in 1967 in Bridge Street Newport, the ABC cinema was originally a one screen cinema which could seat 1,320 people in a "stadium " auditorium. The cinema Had 3 "Peerless" projectors 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 in the 1970s utilizing the two outer projectors for the two smaller auditoria. The main auditorium 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 is struggling to survive and has 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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