Picture Palace

113A East Street,
Southampton, SO14 3HD

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"A penny each to go to the pictures" and "a few doors from the High Street" was the announcement for this May 8th, 1911 establishment. Built with comfortable seats, latest ventilation & heating, sanitary appliances, the owners proclaimed "no expense has been spared for this up-to-date cinema" located in Southampton’s east side of town.
Occupying a former Baptist Chapel, the facade was modernized in the fancy gabled style with the theaters name across the top in bold lettering.

With admission from 2pm, prices were 3d. & 6d. with "dainty teas" provided free of charge to patrons in the afternoon’s better seats.

Proprietor in the 1920’s was Arthur Cornish-Trestrail, the 1915 staff pianist was Elsie King who met her future husband, the cinema’s projectionist there. Doorman Harry King’s dog was the house "rat catcher."

The Picture Palace closed in 1930.

Contributed by Simon Overton

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

Notes from “!00 years of Cinema in Southampton” by Patrick Hayward; the Picture Palace was also known as the Standard Cinema and the Southampton Picture Palace.

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