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blind arsene

Abertillery's old picture houses

When i was a boy in the early 70's myself and a couple of mates used to play in the old empress cinema at the bottom of Carlyle St,
does anyone have any photo's of the old picture house's i.e Gaity, Empress, Pavillion they could upload. Many thanks.
stoob

Abertillery's old picture houses

Poor book Arsene and not many cinema pictures out there, particularly inside, pity, Pavillion in it's heyday hosted many a good show.


stoob

Abertillery's old picture houses

Picture courtesy of Old Bakehouse Productions, look back at Abertillery Volume 1.


blind arsene

Many thanks Stoob I'm not 100% sure but my grandparents said that charlie chaplin may have appeared at one of the cinemas in Abertillery in his early days asa performer. Also Paul Robeson came to the valleys at sometime. Would I still be able to pick up a copy of the book you mentioned.
stoob

Abertillery's old picture houses

I bought it online from Waterstones, only 20 pages and nothing much of note in it.
Charlie Chaplin appeared over Ebbw Vale, but seen nothing that suggested he played Abertillery, there was however a gentleman named Charles Chaplin living in Abertillery around the time of the Great War, so it could be a spoof question.
I know Julie Andrews sang at The Ebenezer with the Bryngwyn School Choir, others of note were Joan Hammond, Petula Clark and Sandy McPherson.

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