Palace Cinema

37-39 Guildhall Walk,
Portsmouth, PO1 2RY

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Palace Cinema

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The Palace Picture House opened on 21st February 1921 with "King Solomon’s Mines. It was located on Commercial Street in the centre of Portsmouth, which today has been re-named Guildhall Walk. It was designed by local Portsmouth architect A.E. Cogswell and the facade is in a highly decorative Oriental style. Inside the auditorium the decoration was rather more restrained. The screen was on the inside of the front wall of the cinema, so patrons entering the auditorium walked in from behind the screen. The Palace Cinema was always under independent ownership throughout its cinematic life.

By the 1970’s it was advertising itself as the Palace ‘Continental’ and was screening adult sex films. It closed as a cinema in 1981 and after a while was converted into a nightclub.

Since at least 1999 it has operated as the Club Uropa.

The former Palace Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 31, 2007 at 1:28 pm

The former Palace Cinema as photographed in 1986 soon after its conversion into a nightclub:
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/138490982/

Ian
Ian on March 20, 2009 at 2:33 am

A march 2009 photo with the facade in splendid condition:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3370134442/

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