ABC Portsmouth

335 Commercial Road,
Portsmouth, PO1

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ABC Portsmouth

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Located in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on Commercial Road at the corner of Fitzherbert Street. The Savoy Cinema was opened on 17th July 1937 with Lily Pons in “That Girl From Paris” Built and operated by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) circuit, with 1,911 seats (1,212 in the stalls and 699 in the balcony). It had a stage and a 3Manual 6Ranks Compton organ with an illuminated console on a lift, which was opened by organist Reginald Porter-Brown.

It was renamed ABC in 1961, and in 1966, the long disued Compton organ was sold and removed from the building to be installed in a church in nearby Southsea. The ABC was tripled from 29 April 1982, with 542, 253 and 196 seats. In 1986 it was renamed Cannon, then reverted to ABC before closing in 1999/2000 and being demolished in 2002.

Contributed by David Simpson
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