The first cinema in Park Street, Shirley opened in a converted building in 1913 and was called the Cinema Hall (image 1), changing its name to the Regent the following year. This closed in 1929 and replaced by a new cinema also called the Regent in 1932. The new cinema had entrances in both Park Street and the High Street (image 2 and 3). The High Street entrance at 92 High Street was originally a shop and when the cinema closed in 1961 the entrance was converted back into a shop. The cinema itself is now a supermarket.

1. The Cinema Hall, Park Street

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Photograph, c.1913

2. Regent Cinema, Shirley High Street Entrance

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The High Street entrance in the 1960s.

3. Regent Cinema, Shirley

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1975 and the cinema entrance on Shirley High Street has been converted back into a shop. The name can still be seen above.

Further reading:
Dream Palaces: Going to the Pictures in Southampton, by Bill White, p59-61. (HS/r)
Southampton Cinemas, by John C. Shepherd. (HS/r)
The Big Show: British Cinema Culture in the Great War 1914-1918, by Michael Hammond, p20. (HS/r)


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