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The Picture House

This pub still has some of the original cinema features.

24–26 Prince’s Drive, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 8LA

This pub is the former Princess cinema. Built in c1914, it was originally called the Princess Picture House. Some picture houses had very plush interiors, complete with their own orchestra, café and even a crèche. They were so grand that people nicknamed them ‘picture palaces’, at the so-called ‘golden age’ of the silver screen.

Copies of posters advertising the Princess Picture House.

The 1927 film, London After Midnight, is advertised, with various screenings throughout the week.

The 1928 film, Bringing Up Father, based on the famous cartoons by George McManus in the “Daily Sketch”.


The 1927 film Mr. Wu, starring Lon Chaney, was screened all week.


This poster advertises the multiple cinemas in the area.


An old photograph of the Princess Picture House’s food and drink kiosk. 

Internal photographs of The Picture House.

The Art Deco design features are still visible today. 

The original stained-glass windows are still featured in the pub’s canopy.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk