North West Wales

Monty Python star Terry Jones reopens Theatr Colwyn

Terry Jones at the theatre reopening
Image caption Terry Jones at the theatre reopening

Monty Python star Terry Jones has officially reopened Theatr Colwyn in his home town of Colwyn Bay, in Conwy.

The venue, which opened in 1886, is said to be Britain's oldest operating cinema, and recently underwent a £738,000 refurbishment.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail was shown and Jones was interviewed by comedian Phil Jupitus, before the audience asked questions.

Jones has said he has a soft spot for the theatre where his family performed.

He said: "Theatr Colwyn means a lot to me because my grandfather conducted the orchestra for the Colwyn Bay Operatic Society there and my mother and uncle both trod the boards on that very stage."

Image caption Terry Jones, pictured with Phil Jupitus, has strong family connections with the theatre

The venue has been operating since last month, but the official ribbon-cutting ceremony was reserved for the former Python.

The refurbishment, funded by the Welsh government and Conwy council, includes a new front entrance, disabled access, a ground floor bar, new offices and a community room.

Goronwy Edwards, Conwy council's cabinet member for communities, said: "This is a fantastic transformation of this unique building which is dearly loved and appreciated by so many in the area and beyond. Good luck and well done."

Sarah Ecob, the general manager, said it was a coup to have Jones at the ceremony, who she described as "one of the most famous of all comedy writers and performers".

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