Abbey Cinema

Victoria Road, Netley,
Southampton, SO31

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Second hand furniture is now displayed in the spaces where cinema seats once faced the screen at the Abbey Cinema. Located on the shores of Southampton Water, the town of Netley is noted for three things; the quarter-mile long Netley Hospital (demolished) -built by Queen Victoria for returning wounded troops, later, to be occupied by "Yanks" in WW2; the ancient ruins of Netley Abbey; and the Abbey Cinema.

With an opening day of 11th April 1938, the first films to hit the screen at the Abbey Cinema were Paul Robson in "King Solomon’s Mines" which shared the double bill with "Oh Doctor!" starring Edward Everett Horton.

This countryside cinema flourished for two decades until the doors closed to its movie-going patrons in October 1958.

Contributed by Simon Overton

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 26, 2007 at 7:07 am

As a very young boy, I believe my first movie-going experience must have been at the Abbey Cinema in 1946.
It was a British film; “Green For Danger” in B&W with Alistair Sim. I fully recall a creepy night time scene where a woman in a white dress ran across a lawn lawn. The moon came out from behind the clouds and a man jumped out at her. She screamed and so did I! This thriller movie is now part of my DVD library.

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