‘Action’ for old cinema site
Revamp plans are given green light
WORK to restore Llanelli’s former Odeon Cinema has been given a boost.
Full planning permission has been given to proposed renovations on the art deco building, with listed building consent also approved.
The building casts a forlorn shape on the outside today, surrounded by scaffolding.
The town centre structure has been a target for vandals in the past, with copper and other materials stripped away and damage caused to the building as a result.
But the hard work of volunteers has brought the building’s interior closer to how it would have looked during its heyday in the early and mid-20th Century.
More than 3,750 people have liked the Save The Old Llanelli Odeon page on Facebook, which the volunteers use to post updates of the ongoing restoration.
The lofty ambitions for the building, which was once the most unmissable piece of architecture in Llanelli with its brightly illuminated neon Odeon sign, would see it become a multi-purpose venue, offering other activities beyond just film screenings. Despite the scaffolding which surrounds it, the building is currently used for fitness classes. The cinema function of the building has been dormant since 2011.
A spokesman for Calon, the group behind the building’s renovation work, said: “We are very pleased to obtain full planning and listed building consent for the project. Our proposals are all about retaining and reinstating original features, while giving the building a sustainable future.
“We are now working on the tenders so that works can begin toward the end of the year, with the first fully-renovated parts expected to open around spring 2019.”
Under the plans, improvements are to be made to the toilet and kitchen areas of the ground floor and walls to separate screen three and screen four.
Further improvements will be added to the upper auditorium, with capacities to be set at 200-250 for the luxury cinema, 400 as a maximum dining capacity, 750 for seated concerts and 900-1,000 for live music with standing.
“We will have three screens on the ground floor with the largest being a multi-event room with a bar in it,” the spokesman continued.
“Upstairs we will have a cafe and wine bar and the largest function/event auditorium in west Wales. The room will be the grandest cinema auditorium in Wales in splendid art deco style.”
The volunteer team is looking for a sponsor to help reinstate the original two-person ticket kiosk in the building’s entrance foyer.
The sponsor’s name or company name will be inscribed on a plaque to be displayed when the cinema is re-opened.
Work is under way on the old Odeon Cinema in Llanelli.
Plans for the old Odeon cinema in Llanelli have been given the green light.
Odeon Classic cinema, Llanelli in 1947.