Savoy Theatre

18 Church Street,
Monmouth, NP25 3BU

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Previously operated by: Albany Ward Circuit, Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Functions: Live Theatre, Movies (First Run)

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Bell Assembly Rooms, Palace Cinema, New Picture House, Picture House, Regal Cinema, Magic Lantern Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440160.077.2467

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Savoy Theatre

Opened in around 1832 as the Bell Assembly Rooms, part of the Bell Hotel. It went through many owners and name changes in it early years; Oddfellows Hall, New Theatre, Corn Exchange, Bell Theatre and Theatre Royal.

It became the Bell Rink in the late-1890’s when the roller skating craze hit the UK. In 1907 to 1909 it screened films between skating sessions. It became a full time cinema in 1910 and in 1916 became the Palace Cinema with 400 seats.

Albany Ward took over the management and it became part of the Albany Ward Circuit he was building up. It was taken over by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) in September 1927, and the auditorium was demolished, to be rebuilt as a 600 seat cinema.

It opened as the New Picture House on 5th March 1928 with Syd Chaplin in “The Better ‘Ole”. It was taken over by Gaumont British Theatres in February 1929. It led an uneventful life and in 1955 CinemaScope was installed, it now operated with 522 seats. Taken over by an independent operator from 5th January 1958, it was re-named Regal Cinema from 4th April 1971. By the 1980’s it was operating with 200 seats and was closed by the mid-1980’s.

It was taken over by a group named ‘Save Britain’s Heritage’ and re-opened as the Magic Lantern Theatre. This closed in around 1994. It was re-opened on 28th July 1995 as the 450 seat Savoy Theatre, at first screening films, but now live shows are also programmed.

The Savoy Theatre is a Grade II Listed building, listed in 1990.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm

The original March 1928 opening poster, on display in the foyer:

Mike_Blakemore on October 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

1958 It was taken over by a Birmingham Cinema Operator B.T. Davis. The Theatre is still owned by his Daughter and grandsons. In the late 70’s was then run leased to the then Manager. Who then passed on the Cinema to another exhibitor. The then past it onto the operator of “The Magic Lantern. This failed. Much later around 1993 to a Devonshire operator, who could not get films and that Failed. I took over and re opened and re-named the Theatre "Savoy” July 1995. after 13 years Having seen the Theatre Re-fitted out to a very high standard. I retired and fully handed over to a Trust…

Mike_Blakemore on March 31, 2013 at 3:30 am

In 2006 The Savoy Became a Grade 2* rated building

Mike_Blakemore on August 19, 2018 at 2:47 am

To British members The Talking Pictures Chanel are using the stage view in their presentation titles

Mike_Blakemore on February 27, 2024 at 6:42 pm

The Theatre was Operated by “The Savoy Theatre (Monmouth)Ltd., 1995 till 2006

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