Cannon Winchester

14 St. Peter Street,
Winchester, S023 8BX

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andrewknowlesbaker on April 9, 2017 at 10:04 am

Just come across this. I was general manager here when Star took over in 1972. The screens were interesting in as much as they were the first in the UK to use periscope projection.However the presentation left a lot to be desired and the studios were cramped and hot with awful, but trendy, lighting. The bingo hall was a lot more fun but even after investing in the products from the bar I saw no ghosts.I went on to manage the Curzon in Mayfair which was, and is a a very different sort of venue. Andrew.

Buffer on September 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

The library moved into the café in May, 1961 and the County Archive has photos of the café in use as a library. Readers came through the cinema entrance doors and upstairs from the foyer.

Rotherhithe on February 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Also for some years in the 60s, Winchester City Library was housed in the former cafe area

Rotherhithe on February 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I went to the re-opening in 1972. It was a hideous place, awful screen and sound, cramped and stuffy. Before conversion, the place had become extremely tatty but had a good atmosphere.

Buffer on January 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

Top Rank interior taken in June 1988

loudoniii on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 am

Does anyone know of a ghost in Winchester in what used to be the Regal Cinema, on the corner of North Walls and St Peter Street ? I now live in the new block of flats that was built on the site of this cinema, and my fellow residents tell me that there was a murder committed in the cinema, with the ghost of the victim continuing to haunt the location. The Regal Cinema was built in 1933, then renamed numerous times to The Odeon, The Cannon, etc. Prior to 1933, the area was the site of a school, I believe. I would appreciate any information anyone may have on this – I’ve tried various Internet searches on the subject, but have found nothing to date. Thanks!