National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
This film is part of Free
Pavilion Gardens, Rhyl
Rhyl had it all for visitors, and here is where the 1920s crowds could eat, play and sit back to be entertained
From the collection of:
This view of Rhyl beachfront looks eastwards, and is shot from the balcony of the Pavilion theatre. In addition to the grand seafront dwellings, we see landmark buildings - the café (also in 'Rhyl May Day 1920'), the Amphitheatre (its entrance flanked by two tall towers) and the bandstand. The summer-clad crowd seems to be gravitating landwards, perhaps after enjoying some entertainment.
The maker of this film - the owner of the 'K' logo on its title frame - is unconfirmed. There may possibly be a connection with Frank H Kenyon - a Colwyn Bay cinema operator who had moved to Wales from Rochdale, who made his own local films (e.g. 'The Dogarrog Disaster', 1925) and who worked as a 'stringer', supplying footage of local events to a newsreel company.