Monroe Cinema

Albany Road,
Cardiff, CF24

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Monroe Cinema

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In a suburb of Cardiff, at the junction of Albany Road and Wellfield Road, the Monroe Cinema opened in November 1988 with “A World Apart”, starring Barbara Hershey. This small cinema was situated above the shops which had been built on the site of the demolished Globe Cinema. It was owned and operated by Circle Cinemas, who also operated the Monico Cinema – and, apparently, who chose the name ‘Monroe’ not so much because of the celebrated actress, but because the name has six letters, as did ‘Monico’!

The Monroe Cinema was open in October 1998 (when my scanned photograph was taken). Sometime later it was operated by Chapter Arts centre as a student cinema and, more recently, as a Bollywood cinema. But by now (November 2013) that has been long closed.

Contributed by David Simpson

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ljt
ljt on September 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I remember this cinema opening right after I moved to this area of Cardiff. I saw the opening film there but don’t think it was on the opening night. I remember they often showed classics including some Marilyn Monroe films – I saw “Bus Stop” there. Also remember seeing the Mancurian Candidate and a Cheech & Chong movie at the late show. The audience always sang along with the Pearl & Dean tune and many of the ads – “Butterkist, Butterkist, rah-rah-rah!” – but the biggest laugh was always reserved for the “Bonkers” ad (the hairdressers next door).

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