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New images show plans for transformed historic Castle Cinema

New images show what Swansea’s historic Castle Cinema could look like if proposals to transform the building into ground floor retail with 30 apartments above go ahead.

The building was sold just over a year ago with outline planning permission for 58 student bedrooms and 3 commercial units, however these proposals look to have been scrapped.

The new proposals for the Grade II listed building, which include a partial demolition of the roof, are by Easy Living Ltd who have launched a pre-planning consultation on their proposals prior to submitting detailed plans to Swansea Council.

The site, next to the Grade I listed Swansea Castle, is in a prominent position opposite the city’s Castle Square, which the council has its own plans for transformation.

Proposals for Castle Cinema now include a commercial office on the ground floor fronting The Strand, with 2 one-bedroom apartments and 1 two-bedroom apartment above on the first floor.

Artist’s impression of what the former Castle Cinema could look like when viewed from The Strand (Image: Asbri Planning)
Artist’s impression of proposals for the former Castle Cinema viewed from Worcester Place (Image: Asbri Planning)
A striking glass and metal extension could be built next to the Grade I listed Swansea Castle (Image: Asbri Planning)

The second floor, which is at ground level fronting Worcester Place, would see a restaurant in a striking glass and metal extension next to the castle. There would also be 3 two-bedroom apartments fronting Castle Square and 4 two-bedroom apartments fronting Welcome Lane.

Above that, the third floor would see the restaurant fronting Worcester Place with a further 2 one-bedroom apartments and 4 two-bedroom apartments. The fourth and fifth floors would also see apartments, with a total of 13 one-bedrooms and 3 two-bedrooms.

No on-site parking is proposed due to the building’s central location and easy links to public transport. Room for cycle storage on the second floor is proposed however.

What the former Castle Cinema looks like today viewed from Worcester Place (Image: B2P Property Consultants / Zoopla)
What the former Castle Cinema looks like today viewed from The Strand (Image: B2P Property Consultants / Zoopla)
What the former Castle Cinema looks like today viewed from Castle Square (Image: B2P Property Consultants / Zoopla)

Castle Cinema originally opened in December 1913. It was the only building left standing in the vicinity of Swansea’s Castle Street after the Nazi German Luftwaffe bombing raids during the Second World War.

The building was modernised in 1963, however it’s long decline started in the 1970s when it became notorious for showing soft core porn films.

It had a short-lived new lease of life in 1982. The acquisition of Cardiff-based Circle Cinema saw it show Hollywood blockbusters once again.

The opening of the nearby UCI multiplex cinema, now Odeon in Parc Tawe in 1988 however, saw cinema-goers head to the more modern facilities.

The building ceased to be a cinema in 1991 when Laserzone took over the building.

The consultation is being run by planning experts Asbri Planning, and is open until 9 November.

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