The Carlton Cinema, situated on the west side of London Road Opposite St Paul's Church, opened in January 1914 in premises that had previously housed various shops. It was owned by Percy Bowyer, his first enterprise in what became a local chain. It was promoted as 'the cosiest picture hall in Southampton' and sought to attract a middle-class clientele. It also offered afternoon teas. The Carlton closed in 1922 and the premises became a car showroom.

Further reading;
The Big Show: British Cinema Culture in the Great War 1914-1918, by Michael Hammond, p40-47. (HS/r)
Dream Palaces: Going to the Pictures in Southampton, by Bill White, p21. (HS/r)


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