Plaza Cinema

506 Portswood Road,
Southampton, SO17 3SP

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This venue was built in 1929 by the Whyte brothers -each a musician, playing the Bass and Violin. They presented a combination of live concerts, films and dances featuring the Melody Five until 1936.

One local gent remembers attending a screening of "Dick Turpin’s Ride to York" and further recalls hearing trains passing by at the rear of the hall. As no license for film exhibition was ever recorded to the Whyte proprietors, it can only be assumed that these screenings were by private invitation.

During the 1950’s, ownership changed hands, as did the building’s function; It became a warehouse for fasteners then a do-it-yourself shop. A fatal fire consumed the whole structure in the 1990’s and the site is vacant today

Contributed by Simon Overton

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 8, 2008 at 6:52 am

I should add that this one was the first of two Plaza’s in Southampton, the latter being the biggest and much more luxurious.

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