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Pavilion, Portslade


The Pavilion as it appeared in the 1958 film Battle of the V1, soon after closing.

Prince's Imperial Picture Palace and Theatre (1911-c1918)
Picturedrome (c1918-1932)
Pavilion Cinema (1932-1958)

100 North Street, Portslade
operated 1911-1958

1911 March 15 Opens as Prince's Imperial Picture Palace and Theatre. Designed by Brighton architect R G Pierce. Owned by H Gutteridge. 450 seats.
c1918 Acquired by Sussex Picturedromes (see Duke of York's cinemas, Brighton and Shoreham), renamed Picturedrome. 350 seats.
c1930 Equipped for sound; 298 seats.
1931 Proprietor and resident manager: P V Reyholds. Continuous shows, two changes weekly, occasional variety shows. Prices 6d-1s 2d.
1932 May 4 Re-opens as the Pavilion Cinema after extensive re-building by Braybons to a design by Brighton architect H Leslie Bishop; 650 seats. Proscenium width 30ft, stage depth 10ft. Westrex sound system. The opening film is an Anglo-German co-production called Tell Me Tonight.
1942 Prices 8d-1s 6d.
1948 Prices 10d-2s.
1953 Prices 1s-2s 6d. Three changes weekly. Occasional variety.
1958 February 15 Closes. The last films are The Lonely Man and Scared Stiff.

The site is now occupied by the London & Brighton Plating Company's building.

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