La Charrette

Film Hub Wales Non-Member

La Charrette (the smallest cinema in Wales) started out as a tiny, 23-seat venue, sited in a back garden in the town of Gorseinon, near Swansea.

‘La Charrette’ (French for ‘the carriage’) was built from a disused railway carriage by the late Gwyn Phillips, who fell in love with the silver screen while working in local cinemas as a teenager. He built La Charrette in his back garden and invited family and friends to screenings such as Gone With The Wind and The Sound of Music.

After his death in 1996, his family allowed the 70 cinema members to screen films there the BFI recognised La Charrette as the smallest cinema in Wales


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