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Couple has Big Plans for an Old Bingo Hall

Couple has Big Plans for an Old Bingo Hall

Written by: Glo Wood on 23/05/2013 18:45

One couple in south Wales has plans for and old cinema and bingo hall. They intend to use their life savings to transform the space into a community theatre.

Daniel Robertson and Hayley Taylor purchased The Savoy for £150,000 after becoming fond of the building and the surrounding area.

Mr. Robertson said, "We used to run a theatre in Southend - the Empire - and I did a couple of years work at a university.The idea is not to make a lot of money but pump it back into the theatre.”

"We got a little bored and wanted to be involved with a theatre again. My partner and I decided to have a look at a few buildings and typed in 'old bingo halls' [into an online search engine]."

The building was constructed as a cinema in 1914, became a bingo hall in the 1980’s and has been unoccupied for the past 10 years.

"The pair of us came down to look at it," said Mr. Robertson. "We loved the building so we made further inquiries and we paid a second visit and spent more time here.

"The second time we came down... we met some of the local people and thought they were really nice. We liked the area, we loved the town and the view was lovely."

The couple’s goal is to turn the Savoy into a community theatre featuring plays, comedy shows, musicals and concerts.

"The idea is not to make a lot of money but pump it back into the theatre," Mr. Roberts said.

"It's very satisfying and at the end of the day when we have got 100 kids on stage crying on a Saturday night because they don't want it to end, you've done your job.

"It's a really nice feeling."

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