Odeon Port Talbot

Bethany Square & Forge Road,
Port Talbot, SA13

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Odeon - 1958

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Originally opened as the Majestic Cinema in January 1938. It was taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in 1940, after construction was delayed in their cinema in Talbot Road, they sold their interests in the Talbot Road cinema and it became Plaza Cinema. It was re-named Odeon in April 1947.

The building remained in cinema use until it closed on 27th March 1971, when the Rank Organisation suddenly pulled out and sold the building.

It was converted into an independent bingo club, which closed on 6th September 1980. The building lay unused until its demolition in July 1995 for a new Tesco store, by which time it was in a terrible state of repair.

Contributed by Sean Pursey

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Sean Pursey
Sean Pursey on February 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Some additional info for the Majestic/Odeon.

Opened 11th January 1938 in an official ceremony with the mayor Sir Geoffrey Byass in attendance.

Films shown on the opening day were “The Show Goes on” and “There Goes My Girl”

The cinema was fitted with a Weston Electric Sound System.

The first Manager of the cinema was a Mr Vivian Aldridge who had previously managed the Gnoll Cinema in Neath for six years.

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