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Old 01-19-2014, 11:46 AM
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Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

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The Elysium Cinema opened on High Street Swansea in 11th April 1914 its single auditorium was designed by Ward & Ward of the Strand, London and seated 900 in Circle and Stalls. The Cinema was equipped by Kalee who also provided the cast iron seats the auditorium was also equipped with a stage for variety acts which is still there today.

The building was also home to the Swansea Dock Workers Hall, a working mans club and later home to the labour party in the City. The Cinema closed in 1960 and became an independent bingo club which had closed by 1994. Leaving only the labour club open in the ground floor of the building which also closed in 1998 and the building has been boarded up ever since.

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Exterior

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Rear

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Lobby which was later used as an amusement arcade

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Change booth - odd how bikes are left there

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Bingo hall reception with wood paneling and suspended ceiling

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Above the suspended ceiling was a plaster work dome topped with a stained glass window

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Sinister auditorium EXIT doors

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Bingo hall

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Bingo hall

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Bingo callers console

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When Bingo modernised with a computer system

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Assorted Bingo equipment

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Above the suspended ceiling, the cinema Upper Circle seats are still in place

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They have been there unused for 48 years

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An abandoned arcade machine

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Behind the auditorium in the offices was an arcade machine graveyard

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Projection room full of old cinema seats and bingo desks

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Close-up of cast iron cinema seat

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Possible old projection room equipment

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From the projection booth door a stairwell leads down...

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Little boys room

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Old 01-19-2014, 12:02 PM
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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

Sadly this is how most our working mens clubs end up now

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Old 01-19-2014, 12:18 PM
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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

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Sadly this is how most our working mens clubs end up now
I know it's awful, a social culture now disappearing. One near us is now derelict and about to be flattened for yet more housing

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Old 01-19-2014, 12:30 PM
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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

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I know it's awful, a social culture now disappearing. One near us is now derelict and about to be flattened for yet more housing
One by mine was leveled a few years back, houses are being built on it now.

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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

It’s sad to seeing these Wonderful turn of the century buildings abandoned till demolishing is the only way left.

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Space Invaders!!!

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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

ii can still see all the old gals sitting around the tables getting drunk and screaming BINGO

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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

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I know it's awful, a social culture now disappearing. One near us is now derelict and about to be flattened for yet more housing
So if housing = apartments; and apartments = flats; does that mean it's being flattened for flats? Even better, would the demolition of an apartment building be known as a flat flattening?

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luv the arcade machine

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:04 PM
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Re: Elysium Cinema and Swansea Working Man's Club, Wales, UK

Would love to see what kind of cinema equipment is in the projection booth. Can it be saved?
Also, the cast iron seats are AWESOME! They could just be stacked outside until some theater restoration needs them.
Nice post. Would like to see more of this type!

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