Maindee Cinema

158 Chepstow Road,
Newport, NP19 8EG

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Maindee Cinema

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The Maindee Cinema in Newport, South Wales opened in 1939 with “If I Were King” starring Ronald Coleman. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. Western Electric was the sound system installed.

The Maindee Cinema remained showing films for 23 years until closing in September 1961 with the Bob Hope, Jane Russell movie “The Paleface”.

The Maindee Cinema was turned over to a Coral Bingo Club and finally closed in 1994. Ironically bingo lasted longer then it was a cinema.

The cinema remained closed for a number of years before being bought by the JD Wetherspoon pub group and is now one of the three Wetherspoon pubs in the city, but the only one in a former cinema.

Contributed by Peter 123

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 14, 2007 at 6:29 am

Ive just answered my own question above by looking at the Google map. For 20 odd years every time i travel thru Newport by train i have always looked out for the Odeon on the left side as the train approaches Newport. It was only a few days ago i was sitting on the other side of the train and noticed this huge silver roofed building. Very obviously a cinema or bingo hall. It looks amazing on the inside with its very rare example of under balcony projection booth. It looks a large size auditorium. Does anyone have any exterior photos? Its great to see that the Odeon has a new life. Its been rather depressing the last many, many years seeing it sitting there getting more and more derelict and weather beaten. Bravo Newport, another palace saved for our enjoyment.

johnh10000
johnh10000 on September 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Well near the end of sept I will be putting up a website featuring this building. I an a regular in the pub and know the old “Rewind Boy”. So we are going to make him a presentation, soon. After that the pics will be posted.

As to exterior, we were more interested in the interior ones, but I go there fairly often, will take some!

johnh10000
johnh10000 on October 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

Wow, thanks! The rest of my stuff for now is at http://tux.isa-geek.org

You don’t know what month or even day, it opened as a cinema do you? 1939, but wot month.

I don’t fancy going through a year of micro film!

johnh10000
johnh10000 on October 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Well that may help, as I’d guessthey’d run a “new” film, so we’re looking at feb/march. Will try to hit the micro film later this week.

geoffjc
geoffjc on October 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The siting of the projection box and the ceiling panels are similar to the Olympia, Cardiff, as rebuilt a couple of years earlier. Are the architects and builders of the Maindee listed anywhere?

johnh10000
johnh10000 on October 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm

My friends this afternoon, sugested do a search for (forgive spelling) Art Deco cinemas buildings,in the uk, you get the idea. Apprently we’ll get a lot of railway stations, in London and the South coast. When I do said search, will post in here.

If anyone else does it b4 me, please post any intresting findings here please.

Ian
Ian on October 6, 2010 at 4:25 am

A few more images of the Maindee, particularly showing the cut-away balcony (unusual, but by no means unique in the UK). All date from 1989:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5056768150/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5056767980/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5056153089/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5056152911/

johnh10000
johnh10000 on October 6, 2010 at 5:01 am

Thanks again for thoughs. I can now take some aproximate ones , now to compaire them. whilst do some research on this last night, tripped over this fab site.

on one of the lnks pic in the lest sqr odeon, box, with thire follow spot, safty curton everything. Didn’t go to bed till 6!!

http://www.cinematopia.co.uk/bibliography.html

Buffer
Buffer on January 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

Interior taken Oct 1984

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