Entertainment

Abertillery Operatic Society – The Formation

Abertillery Operatic Society. The Abertillery Operatic Society was formed on Wednesday 6th December 1916 after a meeting held in the Church School, Abertillery. The meeting voted Dr Gordon Bennett to become the President along with a number of prominent ladies and gentlemen to be Vice-Presidents. Mr M. E. Thomas was Chairman; Mr J. R. Powell as Vice Chairman; Mr Edgar ... Read More »

The Kino Cinema

The Kino Cinema. The Kino Cinema in Six Bells, Abertillery, opened in 1913. I believe it may have been in the building down behind Alexandra Road in the old Alexandra Skating Rink Building. The Skating Rink closed just before the Cinema opened. In June 1914 it was reported that The Kino under the direction of Mr Jack Nightingale had a ... Read More »

The Market Hall – The Metropole Theatre

The Market Hall – The Metropole Theatre. I don’t know when the original Hall was constructed though I have seen it listed as a venue as early as the early 1880s. It was featured on old maps but I have never seen or heard of any images, etching of the building. In January 1885 a company was set up to ... Read More »

Circus entertainment in the valley

Circus entertainment in the valley. In 1859 Sangers Circus came to Brynmawr, the earliest known visit to the valley’s by a circus. In May 1889 Mr A Frost, a circus acrobat announced that he would go 1,000 feet up in the air over Blaina hanging onto the tail of a balloon, then would attempt to fall to the ground and ... Read More »

Portable Travelling Theatres at Abertillery

Portable Travelling Theatres at Abertillery. In the late 1880s early 1890s many towns were visited by Portable Travelling Theatre Companies. It must have been quite a site seeing these travelling companies rolling into town, the logistics of it must have been something to be admired. The theatres were in a sort of kit-form, with timber and canvas walls, joists, roof ... Read More »

The Picture Palace

The Picture Palace. The Picture Palace Abertillery. Situated at the junction of King Street and Carmel Street Abertillery. In May 1911 a company called The Building and Equipment Corporation Ltd  produced plans for a new picture palace which was to be built in Abertillery, the plans were presented to the council by Mr H. D. Blessley. On Monday 30th November ... Read More »

The Empress Hall

The Empress Hall. In December 1909 Mr Arthur Tilney proprietor of the Pavilion Theatre expended a great deal of money in having the Empress erected, it was originally built as a Roller Skating venue. At this time there was a trend for Roller Skating in Abertillery and many large public buildings converted their floor space to accommodate for the activity ... Read More »

The Gaiety Hall

The Gaiety Hall. In 1921 the construction of another major building was in progress, The Gaiety Hall, Bridge Street Abertillery. This Hall was originally intended as a Sporting venue, Variety Hall  and Picture Palace.   Built by the Abertillery Contractor Mr Sidney Watkins, he also built the Olympia Picture House in  Newport. Mr Watkins later became the Landlord of the ... Read More »

The New Pavilion Theatre

The New Pavilion Theatre. In October 1915 Messrs Tilney had the Pavilion fully reconstructed, the walls, stairways and staircases were made from reinforced Concrete, making the whole building practically fire-proof. The Main Hall was moved to the Glandwr Street side. On the far side the steps lead down to the left towards the shilling and six penny seats, while to ... Read More »

The Old Pavilion Theatre

The Pavilion Theatre Abertillery. The original Pavilion Theatre Abertillery, situated between Carlyle and Bridge Streets, (as seen in the image below) opened on Monday June 3rd 1907 erected and equipped through the enterprise of Mr Arthur Tilney, of Carlyle House, Abertillery.  The Pavilion Theatre was 110′ feet in length 45′ feet wide with a large rising gallery at the back ... Read More »

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