The former coal mining village of Pengam is nestled between the market towns of Bargoed and Blackwood. At its industrial peak, Pengam boasted two collieries.  In common with much of the surrounding area coal mining no longer forms part of the community, leaving the village to find a new identity and new industries to employ those living in the community.
 Originally known as the Palace the venue was built with film and variety shows in mind. With seating for 500 patrons it was a small venue a narrow 19ft proscenium that had a 21ft deep stage and two dressing rooms. The venue was first listed as a cinema in 1929 and at this time it was owned and operated by Rowland Williams registered at the towns Half Way Hotel. Rowland also operated the Palladium theatre in Pengam, however the Palladium disappeared from all listing by 1930.

In addition to the cinema the venue included a café, dance hall and billiard hall. 

By 1937 ownership of the venue changed to the Regal Cinema, equipped with a Kalee projector and sound system under the ownership of W.R. Thomas of Energlyn Court, Caerphilly. The seating capacity and screen size remained unaltered and the venue continued to host occasional live performances.

By 1954 ownership had changed once gain and the cinema together with the dance hall, café and billiards hall was owned and operated by Pengam & Fleur-De-Lis Workmen’s Library & Institute with two changes of programme weekly, consisting of mostly second run features. 

It is understood that the Regal ceased to screen films on the 7th May 1960 when it was decided to close the cinema due to low box office returns, however this is contested by some residents in the community who believe occasional film shows continued after this date.

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REGAL CINEMA
High Street.
OPENED: 1927. CLOSED: 1960.  SEATING: 500. OPERATORS: ROWLAND WILLIAMS/W.R. THOMAS/WORKENS LIBRARY INSTITUTE.PROSCENIUM 19FT  SCREEN{S} 1. CLOSED.
ABERDARE
Welcome to an affectionate appraisal and tribute to the cinemas that entertained us in the South Eastern industrial valleys of Wales.
UPDATED - 2013
PENGAM
Welcome to an affectionate appraisal and tribute to the cinemas that entertained us in the South Eastern industrial valleys of Wales.
UPDATED - 2014
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UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN SOURCING IMAGES FOR THIS VENUE, PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU CAN HELP.