The Woolston Picture House, opened on Portsmouth Road in 1913, was the second purpose-built cinema in the Southampton area (Woolston was not incorporated into the borough until 1920), after the Atherley in Shirley. It was popular as a neighbourhood and family cinema and remained in business for sixty years, before closing in September 1973. It has since been used as a bingo hall (image 2).

1. Woolson Picture House

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An unemployment demonstration outside the cinema, c.1930

Woolston Bingo Hall

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The former cinema photographed in c.2010

Further reading:
Dream Palaces by Bill White, p67-9. (HS/r)


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