Miners' Welfare Hall
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Architects: Edward R. Griffiths
Functions: Community Center
Located in Abercrave, near Neath. A large building designed for multi purpose use. The front part contained extensive institute offices, a billiards hall and reading room and opened on 27th October 1927. In 1937, the Welfare Hall and cinema was added at the rear, designed by architect Edward R. Griffiths of Swansea.
Seating was provided for 430 in the stalls and 110 in the balcony. The proscenium was 34 feet wide, and it was the first cinema in the area to install Cinemascope & stereophonic sound in 1953. The mid-positioned projection box had a side entrance as an emergency escape route.
The Miners' Welfare Hall was closed as a cinema on 30th August 1962. It was converted into a working men’s club, and is little altered.
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