Portsmouth memories of the downfall of another US president...

The former Odeon Southsea when it was the Salon, about 1983.
The former Odeon Southsea when it was the Salon, about 1983.
Nelson's column at Portsdown Hill

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Ah, the old Salon at Southsea.

What memories that superb art deco building brings back for me, and almost certainly for many of you.

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The ABC cinema, Commercial Road, Portsmouth

USE SMALL acb cinema portsmouth The ABC cinema, Commercial Road, Portsmouth

I think it was 1977 or ’78 when I settled in there three nights running to watch the best film about journalism ever made, All The President’s Men starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

I’m not certain when it became the Salon as I think when I used to go it was still the Odeon.

Still, what an architecturally-stunning junction it was: the Odeon/Salon on one side of the Festing Road/Albert Road junction and The Festing pub on the opposite corner. Happy days.

There’s another old silver screen favourite below, also long gone.

Beauty contest on South Parade Pier in the 1950s

Beauty contest on South Parade Pier in the 1950s

When this picture of the ABC in Commercial Road was taken it was showing Man At The Top, a spin-off from the TV series starring Kenneth Haigh which was made in 1973.

Crasswell Street, Landport, Portsmouth, before Tesco was built

Crasswell Street, Landport, Portsmouth, before Tesco was built

The Sweeney star Dennis Waterman giving his time and personality to Portsmouth detectives during a fundraiser for a school on Eastern Road for autistic children in 1979/80.

The Sweeney star Dennis Waterman giving his time and personality to Portsmouth detectives during a fundraiser for a school on Eastern Road for autistic children in 1979/80.