Sunday, 1 March 2009

FLASHBACK #10

Futurist CinemaTHIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
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The picture postcard above would have been produced in the 1910s or early ‘20s. On the promenade to your right is the original Rhyl Pavilion theatre which opened in 1908 opposite Edward Henry Street – roughly where the Skytower is now.

In West Parade to the left is the Futurist Cinema at what had been the Queen's Palace. The first purpose built-cinema in Rhyl was the Cinema Royal which opened in 1920 on what we call the Woolworths corner: Cinema Royal upstairs, Cafe Royal downstairs.

According to my Auntie Pat Jones of St. Asaph the best of all Rhyl cinemas was the Plaza, which opened in 1931 on the corner of High Street and Sussex Street, a site currently occupied by The Piazza restaurant. Why – because the Plaza was luxurious, atmospheric and cosy? Well yes all that, but more importantly it had the best ice cream.

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