Crescent Cinema

Penmaenmawr, LL34

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Crescent Cinema

The Crescent Cinema was opened in 1937. In 1951 it was a cinema of the independent Paramount Picture Theatres Ltd. chain, with cinemas mainly in Wales. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium and was equipped with British Acoustic sound system, and probably Kalee 12 projectors. It was not related in any way to Paramount Pictures.

The Crescent Cinema was still operating in 1966. After closing, it was used as a carpet store, which had closed by 1990. The building was demolished in the 1990’s.

Contributed by Eric Evans

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The derelict Crescent Cinema, photographed in 1990:
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Capelmawr
Capelmawr on July 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

This cinema was NOT opened by Paramount, but by a company called Crescent Cinemas (Penmaenmawr) Ltd. They had the cinema built in 1938, seating 600 people at prices of 6d to 1/6d. Paramount took over just prior to 1951 and introduced saturday matinees. Prices were now 7d to 2/3. Paramount introduced cinemascope in the mid 1950’s. By 1966 prices ranged from 2/– to 3/6d. The cinema was closed following the death of Paramounts owner (as did all his theatres) and with no buyer found, closed for good.

Capelmawr
Capelmawr on July 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Further to previous comment, the original owners had offices in Liverpool, where films were booked for the cinema. I seem to recall that this applied to several North Wales cinemas so it was probably part of a small chain

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on February 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

At the time of writing I have 191 hits on my Flickr photostream,so I assume most of them would have clicked on to this link. It would be nice if some of them could contribute stories about the Crescent, they do not have to be experts on cinemas or anything, just interesting or humorous anecdotes. Incedentally my original introductory contribution has been altered by someone else,I had no idea that this cinema opened in 1937 or of when the Paramount circuit took over, but of course the more info the better.

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