Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre

Happy Valley Road,
Llandudno, LL30

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Pier Pavilion Theatre

Located in the north Wales seaside town of Llandudno. The Pier Pavilion Theatre was built at at the landside end adjacent to the pier in 1883, and was designed by architect B. Nelson, in a flamboyant Victorian style. It was opened in September 1886.

It was used for concerts, and by 1899 was presenting film shows. By 1909 it was known as the Pier Theatre of Varieties, and films were presented as part of the variety programme.

The Pier Pavilion Theatre was listed in Kinematograph Yearbooks from at least 1934 through to 1947, when films would have been screened on Sunday’s, due the live presentations being forbidden on those days. Top name stars appeared for summer seasons at the theatre.

The Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre was closed at the end of the 1984 summer season with the show “Startime Follies”. The building was converted into a walk-through waxworks exhibition, which closed in 1990. The empty building was partially destroyed in an arson attack on 13th February 1994.

The Llandudno Pier remains open today and is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike_Blakemore on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hutchinson Leisure Ltd., was the last company to show films for the summer season before they took over the Savoy.. Projection Equipment was Ross GC3 Picture mechs. RCA sound.. and I think they had BTH Zenons

davellandudno on June 10, 2013 at 5:47 am

I explored the theatre in the early 1990s, when semi-derelict. The film projector and associated equipment were all still in-situ in the projection room, even though they had not been used since the 1970s.

davidcoppock on November 9, 2018 at 3:16 am

The mysterious fire was on 13/2/1994. The theatre remains were demolished partly. The theatre hasn’t been completly demolished yet. There are plans to build a new pavilion and underground car park and apartments and commercial space. Also called Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre.

davidcoppock on November 10, 2018 at 2:43 am

There is a video of what remains of the theatre on youtube.

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