Situated on the Broadway, Portswood Road, the Broadway Cinema opened in June 1930. It was a large cinema with seating for over 1500. Its decor suggested King Arthur and Camelot with paintings of medieval knights and castles. The cinema survived the war undamaged, but closed down in October 1963 and was converted to a bingo club. Few alterations were made and the building still looks very much like a cinema. According to John C. Shepherd (Southampton Cinemas) it is intact and wonderfully preserved. It is now (2017) a church, The Victory Centre.

Broadway Cinema

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Photograph, c.1950s

Further reading:
Dream Palaces: Going to the Pictures in Southampton, by Bill White, p50. (HS/r)
Southampton Cinemas, by John C. Shepherd, p18. (HS/r)


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