Empire Cinema

Crown Street,
Caernarfon, LL55 1SY

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

The former Empire Cinema, photographed by Richard Roper in 2007:

Capelmawr on February 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Captain Pritchard was in fact born an ‘Elias’, quite a well known name around the area I live. The story goes that his brother moved to South London and founded a small chain of shops. Because of anti-semitic feeling at the time, although not Jewish, the brother adopted the name Pritchard to prevent any of this feeling affecting his stores. Captain Pritchard ( a Merchant navy title, not an army one) changed his name also, although there no record of anti-semiticism in North Wales. He retired from the sea in 1909 and lived in a house he purchased in Criccieth.