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Roof removal shows old Swansea cinema in new light

This photo may look like it shows work to preserve an ancient Roman amphitheatre is on-going, but it was actually taken right here in Swansea.

Oceana cinema

As part of the former Oceana building's demolition, this is how the old Odeon cinema now looks, with much of its roof having been removed by Cuddy Group on behalf of Swansea Council.

The roof of the whole building is being dismantled before a high reach excavator arrives on site later this month to take the rest of the structure down.

Scheduled for completion this summer, the demolition will pave the way for a new office development for tech businesses.

Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "As well as a number of nightclubs over the years, this building also once accommodated a cinema where hundreds of thousands of people will have watched movies.

"But times have changed, with new cinemas now in Swansea, our nightlife having migrated to areas like Wind Street and Uplands, and the former Oceana building not being fit for purpose anymore.

"That's why the building is being demolished in readiness for the construction of a new office development on site that will cater for tech businesses."

The removal of the roof, made up of about 600 steel sheets and underlying materials, follows on from the demolition of the single-storey extension of the building that once bordered Picton Lane. 

Glazing from outside the front of the former nightclub on Kingsway has also been removed, meaning passers-by can now see through the building.

The demolition project is being part-funded by the Welsh Government's Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea City Centre regeneration programme.

Originally constructed by the Rank Organisation in 1967 for the cinema, the former Oceana building accommodated a number of other bars and nightclubs over several decades, including Ritzy, Icon, Time, Envy and Jumpin' Jaks.

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