Aberdare Cinema

Cardiff Street,
Aberdare, CF44

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Styles: Art Nouveau

Previous Names: Electric Theatre

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Aberdare Cinema

The Electric Theatre opened in 1912, operated by Mr V.W. Rowe, who also operated the Empire Pictorium. It was famous for its tiled frontage that ran longitudinally along Cardiff Street. Many local people used used to say that it looked more like a swimming baths than a cinema.

Later re-named Aberdare Cinema, it was equipped for talkies in the early-1930’s when a Picturetone system was installed. It was closed in around 1959.

Contributed by Editha Pearce

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AdoraKiaOra on October 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Dear Editha,
I have enjoyed beyond belief the contributions you and others have posted here in the last few weeks regarding all the wonderful buildings in South Wales in the Glamorgan area.
Terrific reading!
I posted the threads for the old Swansea main cinemas such as the Plaza, Albert Hall, Castle, Carlton etc (together with photos!) over the last few years and was wondering if you had more detailed info other than what I was able to provide.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Kind regards.
Ian Howells

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 1, 2009 at 1:38 am

EDITHA, I have enjoyed reading about your theatres in England.

Capelmawr on July 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm

In 1924 Aberdare Cinemas (1923) Ltd is noted as the Propreitors with prices of 6d to 1/3d. Records shpow that a British Thomson Howell sound system took the cinema into the sound era, when the cinema could seat 800 people. This was still in situ in 1951 when prices were from 1/– to 2/7d.

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