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The lost venues that were once in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium Plaza


When the Millennium Plaza open to huge fanfare back in 2002, it looked like the venue had it all. From a fantastic cinema to great music clubs and a comedy venue that was smack bang in the middle of the city.

While the stadium has remained the top venue in the capital, many businesses in the adjacent plaza have come and gone. We’ve taken a look back at some of the spots that have since closed in the last two decades.

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Jongleurs



Jongleurs, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff.
Jongleurs, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff.

As part of the Jongleurs chain, the comedy club opened its £2 million Cardiff venue back in 2003, but just six years later it had closed its doors for good. The Cardiff club was the second Jongleurs to close after its Manchester venue shut in 2006.



Jongleurs, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff.
Jongleurs, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff pictured here in 2003

Jumpin’ Jaks



Mike Hodge chief security manager at Jumpin' Jaks, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff as seen in 2002
Mike Hodge chief security manager at Jumpin’ Jaks, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff as seen in 2002

Jumpin’ Jaks was a fun place to go back in 2002 when it opened within the Millennium Plaza complex. As you can see from the picture above, even the security there had a laugh.

However, like many of the venues within the Plaza, Jumpin’ Jaks went through many a name change as it later became SUB29 and then the Millennium Music Hall.

Millennium Music Hall



Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff as it looked in 2011
Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff as it looked in 2011

The music scene in Cardiff was dealt a blow in 2011 when the Millennium Music Hall, closed unexpectedly. The closure of the 800-capacity venue came days after it was shortlisted for an award from NME music magazine.



Emily Woodrow (Left) exercising on the dance floor of the Millennium Music Hall back in 2011
Emily Woodrow (Left) exercising on the dance floor of the Millennium Music Hall back in 2011

The Millennium Music Hall opened in October 2009 in the Millennium Plaza complex alongside the Millennium Stadium, taking over a venue previously known as Sub29 and Jumpin’ Jaks. Tinie Tempah and Faithless are among the big names to have played to crowds at the music hall.

Ster Century Cinemas



The Millennium Plaza as it looked back in 2003 - with Ster Century Cinemas logo and the old Plaza logo on show
The Millennium Plaza as it looked back in 2003 – with Ster Century Cinemas logo and the old Plaza logo on show

Ster Century Cinemas was a Slovak-owned company that opened a number of cinemas across Ireland and the UK during the turn of the century. However, by 2005, the theatres were sold and rebranded as VUE cinemas.

Which clubs did you love that would a part of the plaza? Did you used to go and rock out at Surfers or did you enjoy the food and wine at Bar Risa or maybe even the Crispy Duck? Let us know in the comments.

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