West's Super Cinema

72 Old Christchurch Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 1LL

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Previously operated by: West's Ltd.

Architects: Edward G. De Wilde Holding, C.H. Fowler

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Shaftesbury Hall, West's Pictures

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Located in the town centre. The upper part of the Shaftesbury Hall was presenting films in 1901 and was known as West’s Pictures with 512 seats. It was operated by Australian entrepreneur T.J. West. The building was owned by the Y.M.C.A. It had a stage 18ft wide and 48ft deep.

In 1936 it was re-modeled to the plans of architect C.H. Fowler of the Edward G. De Wilde Holding architectural prectice and the seating capacity was increased to 932. It re-opened as West’s Super Cinema on Whit Monday 1936 with Preston Foster in “The Last Days of Pompeii” and Joe E. Brown in “Funnyface”. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. The cinema also boasted a cafe for the convenience of its patrons. West’s Super Cinema was destroyed by a German air raid on 22nd May 1943. The film showing that day was James Stewart in “The Mortal Storm”.

The cinema was never rebuilt and shops and the Burlington Arcade were built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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