Plaza Cinema Southsea

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Gaumont Southsea

Gaumont Southsea

Southsea, GB

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Taken on: October 15, 2021

Uploaded on: October 18, 2021

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Date time: 2021-10-15 13:11:35 +0000

Date time original: 2021-10-15 12:59:43 +0000

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Plaza Cinema Southsea

This original photograph of the Plaza cinema Southsea was taken in 1928. Front exterior faced in Portland stone, as are the four Ionic columns situated either side of the main entrance doors and an additional four Doric columns framing the first floor central ‘Sun Burst’ leaded windows. The Plaza was built for Frank Spickernell, twice Lord Mayor of Portsmouth. Architect was Henry Dyer and building works were by Samuel Salter Ltd. Other cinemas built in Portsmouth by Spickernell were the Regent 1923, Tivoli 1929 and Troxy 1936. The Troxy Architect was Robert Cromie, an outstanding cinema Architect who had previously been engaged by Spickernell for his only cinema outside of Portsmouth, the vast Plaza cinema Southampton in 1932 which opened six months after Cromie’s previous cinema Gaumont Palace (Odeon) Hammersmith, which is still in use today and listed Grade II*. The Plaza Southampton was to be Spickernell’s not only largest, 2000 seats but finest cinema with its vast Egyptian styled interior, palm trees with beaten silvered fronds, decorative barges which lit up the auditorium and an illuminated Compton organ. The interior was created by the specialist designer and artist Eugene Mollo.

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