208 Newport Road,
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Previous Names: Pavilion Theatre, Pavilion Picture House
The Pavilion Theatre was opened around July 1913 presenting drama & comedy plays. It had a 22 feet wide proscenium. It was converted into a cinema in March 1914, and was re-named Pavilion Picture House. It was operated by Thomas Thompson. In March 1928 it was sold to Denman Picture Houses Ltd./Gaumont British Theatres chain. In 1930 it was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system.
Around 1935 the Pavilion Cinema was taken back by Thomas Thompson. The Pavilion Cinema was closed in 1957.
It was converted into a discotheque. It was closed in 1973 when it was damaged by a fire. The upper floor of the façade was removed. It was renovated in 1991 and re-opened as a rock concert venue. For many years it has operated as a nightclub named Arena.
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