113A East Street,
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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.
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