Odeon Port Talbot

Bethany Square & Forge Road,
Port Talbot, SA13

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Thomas Gibb

Previous Names: Majestic Cinema

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Originally opened as the Majestic Cinema on 11th January 1938 with Anna Neagle in “The Show Goes On” & Gene Raymond in “There Goes My Girl”. It was planned by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. but initially operated by Max Corne of Cardiff. It was taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in 1940, after construction was delayed in their cinema in Talbot Road, they sold their interests in the Talbot Road cinema and it became Plaza Cinema. The Majestic Cinema was re-named Odeon in April 1947.

The building remained in cinema use until it closed on 27th March 1971, when the Rank Organisation suddenly pulled out and sold the building.

It was converted into an independent bingo club, which closed on 6th September 1980. The building lay unused until its demolition in July 1995 for a new Tesco store, by which time it was in a terrible state of repair.

Contributed by Sean Pursey

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Sean Pursey
Sean Pursey on February 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Some additional info for the Majestic/Odeon.

Opened 11th January 1938 in an official ceremony with the mayor Sir Geoffrey Byass in attendance.

Films shown on the opening day were “The Show Goes on” and “There Goes My Girl”

The cinema was fitted with a Weston Electric Sound System.

The first Manager of the cinema was a Mr Vivian Aldridge who had previously managed the Gnoll Cinema in Neath for six years.

geoffjc on March 10, 2018 at 9:14 am

In the book Odeon Cinemas 2,on pages 11/12, Allen Eyles records that the Majestic, having been planned by Odeon was built for Max Corne and part of the deal by which his cinema in Cardiff(recently reconstructed and named the New Imperial) was acquired for further rebuilding as an Odeon(opened 1936). Odeon (1943)purchased three of Corne’s four cinemas in South Wales, including the Majestic.

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