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New Theatre, Castle

Description: New Theatre

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 May 1975
Cadw Building ID: 13774

OS Grid Coordinates: 318472, 176727
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4831, -3.1742

Location: 9, Park Ln, Castle CF10 3LN

Locality: Castle
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF10 3LN

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Listing Text

Location
On N corner of Greyfriars' Road.

History
Designed by Ernest Runtz and Ford, architects, of London (eg Gaiety Theatre). Plans submitted and approved in 1905, opened December 10 1906. Refurbishment of 1987-89 by Renton, Howard, Wood, Levin Partnership included works to auditorium, and enlargement of Foyer including new stair in bowed corner.

Interior
Auditorium has square-headed and panelled proscenium arch with two bays of tiered boxes to each side, ornamented with giant Ionic pilasters and entablatures, the balcony fronts of the upper boxes each moulded in the form of a scroll, panelled and balustraded balcony fronts to lower boxes. Curved and panelled balcony fronts to Front Circle and Upper Circle. Auditorium ceiling divided into two large plaster panels which are ornamented with modillions, the panel over the larger part of the auditorium with four gilded wreathes and centre rose. Circular foyer.

Exterior
Red brick with bathstone dressings (side wings painted). Curved corner block of three storeys beween polygonal turrets with octagonal cupolas, and volutes; balustraded parapet and modillion cornice above second floor colonnade of paired Ionic columns in antis. Three second and first floor windows with entablatures; three doorways and two flanking windows on ground floor.
To Greyfriars' Road, 2 bays, then lower section with dormers and 15 windows at first floor level. Fire exit doorway has bracketed pedimented hood. To Park Place, three-storey wing in painted brick.

Reason for Listing
Well-preserved Edwardian theatre by leading firm of specialist theatre architects.

References
J Newman, Glamorgan (Buildings of Wales Series), 1995, p218.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
On N corner of Greyfriars' Road.

Source: Cadw

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.




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