Since opening in 1938, the Coliseum Theatre has been one of Aberdare’s most noteworthy venues of the performing arts. Crass had their last performance there while Stereophonics got their big break, and many other national artists have also contributed to the Coliseum's profile, such as Catatonia and Krazy Keyboards.
Despite being present in the world of music, the Coliseum primarily showcases theatre and film productions, where digital 3D cinema plays a large role. It was intended to be a source of enrichment and happiness for miners in Trecynon, who could escape through a variety of shows in theatre, opera and film. It bore the name of Trecynon Welfare Hall before undergoing refurbishment and reopening as the Coliseum in 1992. To this day, its varied programme makes it a leading entertainment site for the local community.
The stunning venue sports an authentic Art Deco design. It features a square shaped auditorium with raked seating, which limits viewing restrictions. The decor and style is purposely intended to draw eyes to the stage, making it a magnetic and engaging place to watch live performances.
Over the years, the Coliseum has made its mark in the community - particularly with its recent spooky sightings. According to recent reports, ‘Billy’ - the ghost of the theatre’s earlier stage managers, has been known to slam doors and and tread along the wooden floors, spooking staff. Such arguably adds to the Coliseum’s character and showcases its long standing presence in Aberdare.