Monmouth Savoy Theatre
The Savoy Theatre & Cinema is operated by The Monmouth Savoy Trust Registered Charity No.1136359.
The aims and objectives are to preserve and promote the theatre as the premiere entertaintment venue for Monmouth & surrounding areas.
The Savoy is privately owned by the MacTaggart family. Grandfather MacTaggart was a collector of cinemas and at one stage owned nineteen around the South West and South Wales. The Savoy is the only one left in the family’s ownership. They lease the building to the Monmouth Savoy Trust which comprises a group of local enthusiasts who have come together to run, maintain and programme the building.
Although the Savoy has predominately been used as a cinema for the last hundred years, it was clearly built as a theatre and therefore the new Trust believe that there should be a healthy mix of films and live entertainment.
The Trust is always looking for more volunteers to help with publicity, marketing, front of house and other essential day to day jobs, so if you feel that you have the time and the interest please contact the Trust through their contact page here.
The Savoy Theatre
For the box office call: (01600) 713036 daytime or (01600) 772467 evenings.
The Savoy Theatre stands on the site of what was the Bell Inn, which can be traced back as far as 1794. During the 18th century, touring companies would perform in the assembly room of the inn. The venue was re-launched in 1850 by J.F. Rogers as the ‘Theatre Royal’.
Towards the end of the 19th century the country saw a growing trend in roller-skating and the Theatre Royal was converted into ‘The Rinkeries’.
In 1910 Frank Colbourne re-opened the building as the new ‘Living Picture Palace’ – This was Monmouth’s first cinema.
The Savoy building of today opened on March 5th 1928 and contains all the lavish decorative characterestics of a fine city theatre, with elaborate plasterwork, gilded decoration, comfortable seating with excellent legroom and great sightlines from both stalls and balcony. It also has outstanding stage acoustics
Sadly as cinema-going declined in the 1960′s the Savoy suffered and was converted for some time into a magic lantern theatre before it spent many years closed.
Presently, the theatre is managed ‘The Monmouth Savoy Trust’ and thanks to the tireless work of these volunteers things are going from strenth to strength. Cinema is now more popular than ever and the Savoy is the best place to see both popular and less mainstream films. Not only that, there are concerts, comedy & drama on offer – with something for everyone.