Situated on the site of one of, if not the oldest theatres in Wales, The Savoy with its cinema, live music, theatre and comedy is one of Monmouth’s best loved treasures.
The Savoy is run as a Charitable Trust by a dedicated group of local trustees aided by a large pool of volunteers. As a cinema the Savoy presents most of the latest films and as a live venue it has some of the top comedy circuit names and regular live music. Admission costs a fraction of the price you would pay in Newport or Cardiff. Entrance fees for films are just £5.00 for adults and £4.00 for under 15s. Their recently installed NEC digital projector means that the quality of the picture and sound is superb.
The bar and refreshment kiosk is stocked as much as possible with produce with a local connection, thus promoting the “love local, buy local” and prices are kept at very reasonable. There are links with local eating houses. Seven Seas offer 10% off the bill on production of a Savoy cinema or theatre ticket. Ugo’s are happy to serve a main meal prior to the film or show and let you return for pudding!
The aim of the Savoy is to provide entertainment for all ages for those in Monmouth and the surrounding areas. Parking is free at night and the Glendower street car park is just a minute walk away. There is disabled access to all of the screenings and shows but The Savoy does ask that it is you contact the box office before the show, just to avoid disappointment.
The Savoy has had a colourful history. It began life as a pub, the Bell Inn, around 1794 and performances were given by travelling actors bringing in shows using the assembly room as their theatre. In around 1850 it was officially launched as the Bell Theatre Assembly room by a JF Rogers and the next year shows were being produced under the patronage of the Rolls family. In 1887 the professional theatre companies moved to the newly built Rolls Hall and for a while the theatre became a roller skating rink known as The Rinkeries!
With the growing popularity of film, it reopened as the Picture Palace and Theatre in 1910 and showed “The Funeral Procession of Edward VII”. Thereafter films and variety acts took their place on the stage until in 1926 when it was sold at auction to the Ashley Ward chain who after a major refurbishment re-opened it as the New Picture House in March 1928. Ownership changed hands several times over the decades and it is now owned by the McTaggart family who lease it to the Savoy Trust. It has been a mammoth job to bring The Savoy into the 21st century but the dedication of the current team means that Monmouth now has a spectacular Victorian Theatre with all the latest technology for you to enjoy a thoroughly good night out.
Events for children are regularly hosted throughout the holidays and of course there is a pantomime at Christmas!