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Plans to refurbish Pontardawe Arts Centre revealed

06 Apr 2024 2 minute read
How the building could look once completed Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

Lewis Smith, local democracy reporter

Work has begun on plans to revitalise Pontardawe Arts Centre after a second set of approvals were granted by Neath Port Talbot Council earlier in this year.

The plans to extend the popular Pontardawe Arts Centre, including the addition of a new cinema were fully signed off by Neath Port Talbot Council’s planning department in January of 2024.

They will see the upgrading of facilities at the building which is said to be of “architectural and cultural significance to the area,” with a new 70-seat cinema.

Alongside improvements to the café and bar, there will be a redesigned ticket office area, and various other cosmetic enhancements.

Cultural hub

The site is well known as a cultural hub in the Swansea Valley, with its traditional theatre that hosts a range of events such as classical music, stand-up comedy, celebrity talks, dance and drama.

The centre remaining open throughout construction. It will be completed with funds from Neath Port Talbot Council’s capital programme along with a £600,000 grant from The Arts Council of Wales and a further £250,000 from Welsh Government.

A council spokesperson said: “This upgrade not only aims to elevate the centre’s facilities but will also enable it to screen the latest Hollywood blockbusters, something it was previously unable to do.”

How the building could once completed Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

The council’s cabinet member for nature, tourism and wellbeing, Cen Phillips, said: “The council recognises the positive impact of this project on local valleys communities, offering enhanced recreational and cultural facilities. Furthermore, the revised staffing structure for the expanded arts centre is expected to create jobs.”

Dafydd Rhys is the chief executive for the Arts Council of Wales and added: “Arts Council of Wales is delighted to support this development in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council.

“Our mission is to make it possible for the arts to be present in the lives of everyone in Wales, and the extension to the current Pontardawe Arts Centre will have a unique design and help to ensure future sustainability of this important community asset.”

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1 month ago

Great venue. Many happy memories of playing there on the same bill as Skindred some twenty-odd years ago. Great lads! Good luck with the refurb.

Last edited 1 month ago by Annibendod

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