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End of an era for the town. Cwmbran Scene 123 has shown its final film.

The end of an era. Cwmbran Scene 123 is closed

The end of an era. Cwmbran Scene 123 is closed

The end of an era. Cwmbran Scene 123 is closed

The end of an era. Cwmbran Scene 123 is closed

The old cinema in Cwmbran town centre has closed. These photos were taken today. A workmen was painting the boards that  now block the entrance.

This post on Cwmbran Life last August about Scene 123 attracted several comments.

It was prompted after I popped there to see a film and the cost was just £2.50. A bigger surprise was the cost of a can of coke and bag of sweets. A bargain busting total of £1.70.

That was followed up with a Storify of people talking about the last time they visited this cinema.

I’d love to know who ran this place. Let me know if you know. The last time I went there was a couple who ran things. I saw them closed up, lock the door and walk off in towards Southville.


About Ben Black

I write the blog Cwmbran Life http://www.cwmbranlife.co.uk and the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CwmbranLife


15 thoughts on “End of an era for the town. Cwmbran Scene 123 has shown its final film.

  1. Hi Ben, just picking up your comments on the Cinema, I run the Cinema for the last 15 years, and previous it was run by a local couple from Cwmbran, so only two owners in the 40 year history of the cinema. The Cinema actually opened in 1972 and at that time was considered state of the art with a unique mirror projection system.
    We continued to run for over 4 years after the opening of the VUE, and had a one price admission policy of £2.50 which proved a great success for families. Two reasons which we deceided to close was we felt that the building was way past its “sell by date” and was in need of upgrading to meet modern fire regulations. The second and most important was 35mm film would no longer be available from April 2013, and would require the complete change over to digital projection, each digital format projector costing in the region of £35.000 to £40.000. so times that by 3 and you can see the problem. I understand that the building together with the adjacent closed bingo hall, will at some time be considered by Cwmbran shopping for re-development.

    Posted by Peter | April 24, 2013, 5:05 pm
  2. NOOO just read about this on the argus website. So sad it’s closed down 😦

    Posted by rachphillips | April 2, 2013, 6:03 pm
  3. ive been going here all the time since i was in year 7 and im now 18 i love coming here with a few friends to watch films, it was peaceful no screaming babies running out to go to the toilet ect and always loads of seats free to sit anywhere you liked!, i love this place its so cheap the price of 2tickets here is the price of one in vue! which is why i perfer it especially if u dnt have alot of money at the time and its something cheap for everyone they can’t close it , the vue is good but can be expensive at times plus they charge extra for 3D films, i wish this place stayed open id always check their site for new films :S someone has to take over it to keep it open! x

    Posted by Georgia griffiths | March 27, 2013, 2:36 pm
    • I don’t live in the area but would be interested to move there to take it over – I was down there only days ago to look at the cinema but couldn’t get any access or know what is happening to it inside. If anyone can find out any contacts for me then lets do something about it.

      Posted by Jonko | March 27, 2013, 4:34 pm
      • Contact Cwmbran Shopping as they will be able to tell you who own it.

        Posted by Michael | March 27, 2013, 8:00 pm
  4. I’d like to take it over and get it open again if anyone has contact details for the people who own it. email me at john.kino “at” good.co.uk

    Posted by Jonko | March 27, 2013, 10:55 am
  5. Devastated. A cinema with real character and prudent pricing.

    Would love to think someone will take it over and we could have a niche little old fashioned cinema on our doorstep, but I imagine it’ll be a coffee shop within a few weeks.

    Posted by Ian Jenkins | March 27, 2013, 9:51 am
  6. Gutted! 😦 I’ve taken the kids there a few times since your last post on the place. It was great having the place practically to yourself but obviously not so good for business! Sad to see it go…

    Posted by Claire | March 26, 2013, 8:31 pm
  7. i dont know how they lasted so long…but yes sad to see it close.

    Posted by mandy hale | March 26, 2013, 8:01 pm
  8. End of an era! Sad but inevitable…

    Posted by Sam at Red Beetle Films | March 26, 2013, 7:58 pm
  9. This is sad news 😦 – I was thinking of visiting after the recent post and now well it’s too late,,

    Posted by Kurt Franklin | March 26, 2013, 6:06 pm


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