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Discussion in 'Cardiff City Forum' started by Travis Bickle, 19 Feb 2018.
Who can remember when the Rummer tavern had a sweet shop at the front of the pub?
The Empire theatre Queen street 1911
I did not know that
Part of a variety programme from the Empire theatre 1912
The Empire, Queen street, after being rebuilt in1915. Cardiff builders Turners did the rebuild, I worked for them for a while, obviously not on this job though
Had no idea about the history of the Gatekeeper pub on Westgate street, this is interesting.
Built as the Grand Theatre in 1887. In 1904, it became a drama theatre, re-named King’s Theatre. In 1907 it was taken over by the MacNaghten Vaudeville Circuit and re-named Palace Theatre. It was re-named Palace-Hippodrome Cinema in 1912. It became part of the Biocolour Picture Theatres circuit and who were taken over by Gaumont British Theatres in November 1926. In the early-1930’s when every available building in the city was showing films, including the New Theatre and Empire Theatre, attempts were made to use this old theatre as a cinema by an independent operator who re-named it New Hippodrome Cinema.
From press advertisements and comments it appears that some redecoration was undertaken but the venture did not prove successful particularly when several nearby cinemas were rebuilt with modern standards of comfort.
A plan was submitted by March 1939 to convert the site into a garage (bearing the names of the proprietors of the former Castle Cinema almost adjacent) and contained a copy of the original theatre design. The war intervened and the O.S. map of the time shows the site as derelict.
Post-war the building was substantially altered for use as a warehouse and more recently as an auction house.
When the auctioneers relocated to a site with better access the building was acquired by the Wetherspoon pub chain. In this case there was very little, other than the frontage onto Westgate Street, to restore, so the "Gate Keeper" is a new-build pub, but retains external features from much earlier.
Wood street church being demolished in 1973, where southgate house now stands.
The coronet on Woodville road
Castle arcade 1949
Dominions arcade Queen street
Wood street 1963
Look at the crowds on Queen street 1955
Bridge street 1900 and 2016
Frederick street 1961
Corner of Hayes bridge road and Tredegar street 1981
The Birchgrove pub, old and now.
St Fagans 1955
St Fagans level crossing 1966