FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the Theatre Royal in 1910.

The Theatre Royal, in the background, opened in 1910 and boasted that it had the largest electrical installation of any theatre.

On the right of the building was a roof garden for theatre patrons to stroll around in during performance intervals.

Underneath the roof garden 10 shops were for rent all supplied with electric lights.

The main novelty of the Theatre Royal was electric lighting.

On the stage alone there were 800 electric lamps as well as several high power arc lamps.

The electric plant which supplied the 60 horse power needed, was situated in a separate building on the other side of the street.

The power went through a huge underground cable to the theatre.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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