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Date Opened Jun. 27, 1934
Demolished 1989
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Venue Address Terrace Road
Aberystwyth, SY23 2AP, UK

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The new hall was opened in 1934 and called the Municipal Hall and Palm Court but soon renamed the King's Hall after George V visited Aberystwyth in January 1937

The hall had a balcony and was capable of holding hundreds of people. There was also a large stage. On the front there was a ticket office with offices above. On the roof there was a Palm Court. In the basement there were various amusements including a bumper boat pond (replaced later by bumper cars) and 'Penny in the Slot' machines.

It soon became a popular place for plays including the Ardwyn Gilbert and Sulivan Operettas and generally took over some of the functions the Coliseum had performed for the College before 1932 including Gymnastic shows and as a venue for University exams.

It was a popular dance hall and sported a sprung dance floor. In later years it hosted some famous bands including The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and, of course, Tom Jones. The Hall also had a small orchestra during the season. The Kings Hall also became an important political venue with both Harold Wilson and James Callaghan speaking there.It also housed the Tourist Information Centre and later became a roller skating rink.

It was considered a fine example of 1930s architecture, but the reinforced concrete structure and flat roof caused problems. It was hardly used during the 1980s and fell into disrepair. The high cost of maintenance and the belief that the building had become structurally unsound prompted the decision to demolish the building. Demolition began in 1988 but took nearly 2 years. The steel rods reinforcing the concrete were twice the thickness that the engineers had predicted. Demolition was eventually achieved after many rounds of alternating between using a wrecking ball and heavy duty cutting equipment.

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