The Picturdrome, opened in 1914, was a purpose-built cinema situated on the north corner of Northam Road and Clarence Street. It was the fourth cinema in the local chain owned by Percy Bowyer. It had seating for 500 patrons, slightly smaller than city centre cinemas. and was the most competitively priced cinema in Southampton, probably reflecting its working-class client base.
It became The Queen's in 1931 and The Roxy in 1932, before closing later in the year. It was subsequently used as a salt warehouse.

Former Picturedrome Cinema, Northam Road

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The former cinema in 1941 when being used as a salt warehouse.

Further reading:

Dream Palaces, by Bill White, p40. (HS/r)
The Big Show: British Cinema Culture in the Great War 1914-1918, by Michael Hammond, p32-41. (HS/r)


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