The Classic Cinema was situated on the east side of Above Bar Street. It opened in 1937 as the Cinenews, changing its name to the Classic a year later. It was built by local firm Brazier and Sons, specialists in cinema building. It had a small entrance foyer at the front of the building leading to the auditorium and cafe at the rear. The frontage was damaged during the Blitz and the cinema had to rely on a temporary entrance until a new front was built in the 1950s. The building also contained the Tatler Cinema which specialised in adult films. Both cinemas closed in 1978.

Classic Cinema, Above Bar Street

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Photograph, 1978

Further reading:
Dream Palaces, by Bill White. (HS/r)
Southampton Cinemas, by John C. Shephard. (HS/r)


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