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Former Risca Palace Cinema

A Grade II Listed Building in Risca, Caerphilly

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6064 / 51°36'23"N

Longitude: -3.1003 / 3°6'0"W

OS Eastings: 323900

OS Northings: 190303

OS Grid: ST239903

Mapcode National: GBR J1.B2VD

Mapcode Global: VH7B4.6WWD

Entry Name: Former Risca Palace Cinema

Listing Date: 22 October 1999

Last Amended: 22 October 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22523

Building Class: Recreational

Location: In the centre of the town opposite Tredegar Grounds.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Risca West (Gorllewin Rhisga)

Community: Risca

Built-Up Area: Risca

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Not shown on second edition OS map of 1902, but is on edition of 1917. Thus it was probably erected as a purpose-built cinema just before the First World War and as part of the provision of entertainment and facilities for the local industrial workforce; nearby Workmen's Institute was erected 1916 and Tredegar Grounds opposite had been opened as a recreation area in 1897. Later used as a bingo hall and in 1999 disused and boarded up.

Exterior

Cinema comprising rectangular entrance block fronting the pitched-roof auditorium. The frontage is rendered, rusticated and painted in contrasting shades. 2 storeys, 3 bays, the centre slightly recessed with wide elliptical arched entrance with prominent voussoirs; this arch is echoed in the segmental arched central bay of the modillion cornice; below is RISCA PALACE in relief overhung by a later sign and underneath is an oculus with deep keystone and swags. On either side are first floor windows now blocked with moulded surrounds and deep aprons and on ground floor paired cambered-arched openings with keyblocks and sills. rustication extends round side elevations and to right a balustrade with end pier extends at first floor level above a former shopfront.

Interior

Used as a bingo-hall and subsequently disused; seating reported as removed.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its interest as one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in Wales and for group value with the Entrance to Tredegar Grounds, the Jubilee Statue and the two Baptist churches on either side.

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