Victoria Road, Netley,
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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.
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