Brynamman Public Hall and cinema traces it’s origins to the 1920s where it was funded by the “check-off” system, whereby weekly contributions were deducted from the miners’ wages, initially to build the hall, and subsequently to run it. Building work on the new Brynamman Cinema started in 1924 with seating for around 1,100 people. It was furnished throughout with tip up seats upholstered in old gold corduroy. The stage was built 20ft by 60 ft and had 4 dressing rooms below.
A lounge was situated below the library it contained 12 armchairs and 3 settees where the miners could relax or play cards around the several oak game and card tables therein. There was also a billiard room above the library. The opening ceremony was held on 15th May 1926. The cinema started with silent films until the 1930’s, then the “talkies”. Today it also puts on live shows, allowing the children from Galaxy Theatre Arts to experience the thrill of performing on stage.
Brynamman Public Hall has continued to grow and kept up with all the changes the film industry has made over the years. This is due to the good work of the managers like Brian Harries, the present manager and projectionist, who joined in 1986, and the committee of volunteers who run the day to day business of the cinema.