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Former Carlton Cinema (Including Nos.18B & 18C)

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Swansea

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Latitude: 51.6192 / 51°37'9"N

Longitude: -3.9464 / 3°56'47"W

OS Eastings: 265343

OS Northings: 192945

OS Grid: SS653929

Mapcode National: GBR WRJ.CW

Mapcode Global: VH4K9.KK1L

Entry Name: Former Carlton Cinema (Including Nos.18B & 18C)

Listing Date: 20 March 1981

Last Amended: 30 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11602

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Very large frontage in range of lower buildings.

County: Swansea

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Locality: Swansea

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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1913-14. Designed by C T Ruthen, architect of Swansea for Swansea Electric Cinema Co Ltd; Henry Billings of Swansea, contractors (Cost £15,000). Cinema closed 29 October 1977.


Structure of reinforced concrete, steel and brick with facade of Doulton’s White Carraraware. Bronzeware to capitals and bases of columns.

4 storey, 3 bay symmetrical front (painted ground floor) with end towers. Ribbed domes, swags and volutes to drums, scrolled pediments to columned aedicules over wreather bull’s-eye windows. Balustraded and solid parapet over deep dentil and egg-and-dart cornice. Ionic columns in antis to centre bay with semi-dome to giant arched bow window lighting ironwork balconies inside, foliage spandrels.

Three levels of tripartite windows to rusticated sides with squat Doric/Ionic/Corinthian columns, moulded and sculptured decorative panels with dancing putti. Outer ground floor bays have large arched openings (blocked) with panelled pilasters, foliage spandrels and grotesque keyblocks. Recessed modern shop front to centre.


Ground floor interior retains part of columned treatment to ovoid open staircase at rear of shop (formerly foyer). Rest of interior formerly had plasterwork to gallery front and to the barrel vault at rear of auditorium etc.

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