Empire Cinema

31 Blue Street,
Carmarthen, SA31 3LE

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Previously operated by: Vint's Theatres Ltd.

Architects: Ernest Collier

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Vint's Electric Palace Cinema

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Empire Cinema

In Carmarthen, in south west Wales. Opened on 1st April 1912 as Vint’s Electric Palace Cinema operated by Leon Vint, it was closed in February 1914. It was taken over by Horace W. Bolton and re-opened as the Empire Cinema in late-February 1914.

By 1920 the proprietor and resident manager was Tom Barger. It was closed in March 1931 to be refurbished and an Imperial sound system was installed. By the 1940 edition the licensee was P. F. J. Bosisto, and “Pictures and Variety” were being advertised.

The cinema was still open in 1944, but had closed by 1947 and became a garage.

When I visited, in June 2006, the building was home to a carpet retailer and Barnardos charity shop.

Contributed by David Simpson
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