Carlton Cinema

45 London Road,
Southampton, SO15

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A former shop with a long and narrow layout, this was converted in 1914 to a cinema with one of the earliest of rear projection systems. Opening day was January 15th with "Kissing Cup."
The Carlton was known as "the cosiest picture hall in Southampton, catering for high class audiences." Music was presented by two ladies; one at the organ and the other at a piano. Programmes changed twice weekly with no shows on Sundays. Saturday mornings provided fun for children who received an orange or bagged sweets. There were occasional live shows.

Manager Norman Young lived above the cinema who later went on to work for Bertram Mills Circus.

Closing down in the early 1920’s, this place was converted into a showroom for motorcars.

Contributed by Simon Overton
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