Gaumont Plaza Cinema
96 Church Street,
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Plaza Cinema (Official)
Previously operated by: Wedgewood Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: Sydney Colwyn Foulkes
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Plaza Cinema, Wedgewood Cinema
Located in the North Wales town of Flint, once the County town of Flintshire. Built for Deeside Enterprises Cinemas, the Plaza Cinema opened on 26th December 1938 with Gracie Fields in "We’re Going to be Rich". The exterior was built in grey brick and was rather ‘boxy’ looking. The only relief being three decorated square grilles above the canopy which contained mythical figures.
Inside the auditorium, seating was provided for 1,100 in stalls and circle. There were silver columns on each side of the 35 feet wide proscenium opening. Above the proscenium were panels which contained signs of the Zodiac, and there were relief figures on the side-walls, again given a silver treatment to allow lighting to be played off them. The ceiling is stepped down in wavy patterns and contained concealed lighting for the elaborate Holophane lighting system.
The Plaza Cinema was taken over by the independent operator Wedgewood Cinemas in December 1967 and the auditorium was re-decorated in two shades of blue with cream trimmings. It was later re-named Wedgewood Cinema. Taken over by Mecca Ltd. on 1st January 1975. Despite local opposition, they were granted a bingo licence and the cinema closed on 1st August 1975 with Victor Garber in "Godspell" and Graham Chapman in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".
It then began use as a Mecca Bingo Club which continued for many years. In recent years it has been operated as the Palace bingo club by the same operators as the Palace bingo club in Conwy. It was closed around 2011. It re-opened as the Gaumont Plaza Cinema on 9th December 2016 using 104 seats in the stalls, but will expand to more seats in the future.
The former Plaza Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.
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