Picturedrome

170-172 Northam Road, Northam,
Southampton, SO14 0QF

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Opened as a local neighborhood cinema, just a few weeks after WW1 had started, the local population in Northam, on the easter approaches of Southampton, finally had their dream come true.

Mr. Gough opened his place for silent Edison film shows in September 1914 from 7pm until 11pm. Projectionist A. Bamborough screened exciting titles such as "Broken Coin" and Wednesday serials of "Stingaree."

Changing ownership to other operators; Captain Clements and Mr. & Mrs. Lles, the cinema’s names changed to Queens Cinema from 1931 to 1932 and from 1932 it was sold to a London based business and re-named Roxy Cinema.

Then in 1934, the cinema closed, every vestige of fittings and equipment were removed, sold to Strides as a warehouse for salt storage then demolished for redevelopment in 1955.

Contributed by Simon Overton

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Here is a photo of the building that once housed the Picturedrome.

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