Where to Catch a Live Play in North Wales

If you are a film fanatic, your vacation in North Wales isn’t complete without visiting one or more of the numerous theatres in the city. Whether you like watching films in the modern multi-screen cinema or a small character-filled theatre, North Wales boasts many venues for your needs. Here’s a breakdown of popular areas you can catch the latest blockbuster movies, play or films.

The Magic Lantern Cinema 

It is the oldest cinema in the UK, having been established in 1893. Initially, it was designed to host noble activities like badminton and other performances. Evidence shows the presence of early films since the 1900s, and other newspaper adverts show the cinema hosting motor racing activities. All such evidence places The Magic Lantern Cinema at the beginning of the film industry in the UK. The cinema has gone through a transformation as it boasts state of the art features like the Sony 4K digital projection system that has Dolby 7.1 surround sound. The cinema also boasts two stages for live play and a fully stocked bar, so you don’t need to leave the cinema to buy snacks or drinks.

The Empire Cinema 

Located at the Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Empire cinema is owned and run by the local council. Initially, the pub chain J.D Wetherspoon had expressed interest in converting the cinema into one of their pubs. The renovation costs proved to be extremely high, causing him to back out. It was then that the local council took over and renovated it. After a £460,000 overhaul, it reopened in November 2012. The renovation saw the installation of new projection equipment, state-of-art seating arrangement and the bingo club area converted to a kid’s playing area.

Theatre Clywd 

This regional arts centre is located a mile away from Mold, Flintshire in North Wales. It was originally called Clywd Theater Cymru until in 2005 when it changed its name to Theatre Clywd. The complex has five auditoria each hosting different activities. There’s the Anthony Hopkins Theatre that has 570 seats, the Clywd room, the Studio 2, the regular cinema and The Emlyn Williams Theater, which has an adaptable studio space. What makes Theatre Clywd so unique is that it stages its productions year-round. It also performs on tour around North Wales and the broader UK, as hosts second stage performance of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Theatre Colwyn 

It adds to the oldest cinemas in the UK with the first screenings made in 1909. Today, it boasts an active cinema audience that comes to watch the latest blockbuster movies and classic, foreign language films. There are numerous galleries around the theatre, including the Peculiar and Bay Galleries, and you get to learn about this town’s rich history at the Colwyn Bay Heritage. You will find Theatre Colwyn along Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay in Conwy.

Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 

If you are looking for an authentic orchestra in North Wales, visit Rhyl Pavilion theatre. It opened its doors in 1991 and boasts the largest seating capacity, i.e., up to 1,031 seats. Rhyl Pavilion auditorium also hosts theatre productions. It has a unique lighting system that adapts to the varying requirements of the films and the audience.

The Harlequin Puppet Theatre 

This delightful entertainment centre makes a great place to visit with kids. You get to enjoy traditional marionette (stringed puppet) shows in North Wales’ purpose-built puppet theatre. Harlequin was Britain’s first theatre designed for puppet play. It has since entertained numerous audiences (both kids and adults) and influenced the course of puppetry in the country. The theatre presents shows during school holidays though locals, community centres and homes can arrange pre-booked parties during the term.

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