Odeon Port Talbot
Bethany Square & Forge Road,
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Architects: Thomas Gibb
Previous Names: Majestic Cinema
Originally opened as the Majestic Cinema on 11th January 1938 with Anna Neagle in “The Show Goes On” & Gene Raymond in “There Goes My Girl”. It was planned by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. but initially operated by Max Corne of Cardiff. It was taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in 1940, after construction was delayed in their cinema in Talbot Road, they sold their interests in the Talbot Road cinema and it became Plaza Cinema. The Majestic Cinema was re-named Odeon in April 1947.
The building remained in cinema use until it closed on 27th March 1971, when the Rank Organisation suddenly pulled out and sold the building.
It was converted into an independent bingo club, which closed on 6th September 1980. The building lay unused until its demolition in July 1995 for a new Tesco store, by which time it was in a terrible state of repair.
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