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Miners' Welfare Hall

  • Theatre ID
  • Built / Converted
  • Dates of use
    • 1991 - 1996
  • Current state
  • Current use
    Arts Centre
  • Address
    Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales


A simple rectangular building of rendered brick with auditorium occupying the centre area and rising a full floor above the surrounding offices and lobbies. The auditorium has a flat-floor with removable seating, and at the rear is a raised flat area just a few steps above the main floor. There is no balcony. The orchestra pit can be covered to allow extension of the seating. There is no stage tower and no sub-stage machinery. The original Art Deco box office survives in the lobby; it is now a telephone kiosk.

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  • Other names
    The New Theatre, Workmen’s Hall
  • Events
    • Design/Construction: ?c1930 ?c1930
      • Unknown - Architect
    • Owner/Management: National Union of Mineworkers
    • Owner/Management: Ystradgynlais Miners’ Welfare & Community Hall Trust Ltd, managers
    • Owner/Management: Later: Brecknock Borough Council
    • 1991 - 1996 Use:
    • 1991 Alteration: refurbished as arts centre
      • Borough Architects Department - Architect
  • Capacities
    • Current: 367
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Stage type
    • Pros flat
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: Depth: 4.9m (19ft)
    • Proscenium width: 9.45m (31ft)
    • Height to grid: No grid. Max flying height 5m (16ft)
    • Orchestra pit: Original, flexible

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