The Picture House situated at 102 Above Bar Street adjacent to Palmerstone Park and opened in May 1920 was, according to Bill White (Dream Palaces: Going to the Pictures in Southampton) probably the most luxurious cinema Southampton has ever had. It was large by 1920s standards, having 1200 stall seats and 400 in the balcony. It was designed by the well-known theatre design firm Frank Matcham and Co. It had a café and a roof garden with views across the parks. It remained popular until destroyed by the Blitz in 1940.


Further reading;
The Big Show: British Cinema Culture in the Great War 1914-1918, by Michael Hammond, p25. (HS/r)
Dream Palaces: Going to the Pictures in Southampton, by Bill White, p25-26. (HS/r)


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