The Maindee Cinema in Newport, South Walesopened in 1939 with “The Vagabond King” starring Ronald Coleman. Situated on a busy road, the cinema seated around 1200. Western Electric was the sound system installed.

maindee-cinema-newport-godfrey-morgan-1961The Maindee remained showing films for 23 years until closing in September 1961 with the Bob Hope movie “Paleface”.

The Maindee was turned over to a bingo operation and finally closed in 1994. Ironically bingo lasted longer then it was a cinema.

The cinema remained closed for a number of years before being bought by the JD Wetherspoons pub group and is now one of the three Wetherspoons pubs in the city, but the only one in a former cinema.