Ninety years ago there was a packed programme at the Rhyl Pavilion and Gardens. Direct from the Aldwych and Shaftesbury Theatres, London was the play “Tons of Money”, a farce by British writers Will Evans and Arthur Valentine.
Also showing was “Bringing up Father”, which was based on an influential American comic strip.
There was an operatic concert on Easter Sunday and the Rhyl Silver Band played in the Gardens.
Can any of our readers confirm that the Manager of the Pavilion, J.W. Jones, is same Mr J.W.Jones, the local historian who was also known as “Joe Swan”?
One of the most notable parts of the programme was the wonderful transport arrangements that were in place, that would put modern public transport to shame.
Rhyl’s White Rose Motor Company had saloon buses waiting outside the theatre each evening to take people home to: Prestatyn, Gronant, Ffynnongroew, Greenfield, Meliden, Dyserth, Rhuddlan, St. Asaph, Trefnant, Denbigh, Bodelwyddan, St. George, Towyn, Abergele, Llanddulas, Penmaen Hill, Colwyn and on. Also Newmarket and Trelogan on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The L.M. & S Railway Company put on late railway facilities after the show to places as far afield as Bangor and Bettws y Coed.
Ninety years on there is still lots going on at Rhyl’s New Pavilion Theatre. This Easter “The Wizard of Oz” is showing – a magical treat for all the family.