Designed by W. Beddoe Rees of Cardiff and constructed by Radford and Greaves of Derby, the building was comprised of three separate architectural areas: the three storey main building containing offices, the single storey snooker hall, and the grand auditorium.
Like many public halls in South Wales, Pontardawe Institute fell into dereliction and eventually closed to the public. In 1993 Lliw Valley Council sought to improve the arts provision in the town which was, at the time, using a space (known as Theatre Cwmtawe) at Pontardawe Leisure Centre to host cultural events. However, the space was limited which restricted the calibre of event that could go ahead there. Using funding from the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Development Agency, the lease for the old Institute was purchased and plans for a new venue began. In 1996 Pontardawe Arts Centre was re-opened housing a new Box Office, the Oriel Lliw Art Gallery, a dance studio, meeting rooms and offices, the restored snooker hall, a theatre bar, the grand traditional auditorium and the town cinema.
Fact or Fiction?
The venue today is said by many to be haunted and both the public and staff have had spooky experiences there, including hearing the piano play by itself and witnessing ghostly sightings at night. It has even been the site for a paranormal investigation. Sceptic or not, it is hard to deny that the building is an impressive blend of contemporary and traditional styles, steeped in history and is a treasure to the people of Pontardawe.
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Many of you have been asking what our policy is on Covid passes.
Please take a look at our padlet page here which outlines what you need when coming to the venue.
Alternatively, you can always pop in or give us a call during box office hours on 01792 863722 (Mon to Fri 10.30am – 2.45pm & 6.30pm – 8pm, Wed from 11.30am), or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
The Pontardawe Arts Centre Team
Mae llawer ohonoch wedi bod yn gofyn beth yw ein polisi ar basio Covid.
Cymerwch gip ar ein tudalen padlet yma sy’n amlinellu’r hyn sydd ei angen arnoch chi wrth ddod i’r lleoliad.
Fel arall, gallwch chi bob amser alw heibio neu roi galwad i ni yn ystod oriau swyddfa docynnau ar 01792 863722 (Llun i Gwener 10.30am – 2.45pm a 6.30pm – 8pm, Mer o 11.30am), neu ollwng e-bost atom yn pontardawe.boxoffice @ npt.gov.uk os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau pellach.
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