71 The Kingsway,
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Architects: Howard Williams
The Plaza Cinema was a grand imposing building on Swansea’s Kingsway. It was the largest cinema to be erected in Wales and it opened on 14th February 1931 with Paul Whiteman in “King of Jazz”. The cinema was equipped with a Christie 3Manual/10 Rank cinema organ which was opened by Tom Jenkins. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. The proscenium was 48ft wide. There was a café for the use of patrons.
In 1953 it became the first independent cinema in the UK to be fitted with the then new CinemaScope and Stereophonic sound processes.
It was closed in April 1965 and soon demolished to be replaced by the then very modern looking Odeon which opened in May 1967 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).
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