Park Cinema

Park Road,
Pontypool, NP4

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edithapearce on April 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I am not that surprised that the box survived the fire. Prior to the advent of non flammable film stock, all cinemas had boxes that were designed to contain an outbreak of fire. All ports were defended by drop down shutters and the boxes also had heavy fireproof metal doors. The shutters were usually linked by an over head latch system that could be operated from either the balcony or the back of the stalls. After the advent of non flammable most of these fire prevention measures remained in place. In most Withers cinemas circa 1960s, it was still standard practice to drop the shutters at the end of an evenings showing.