Thanks to the presence of the Royal Navy, the Portsmouth area once had an enormous number of pleasure palaces to accommodate both residents and sailors.
In Ron Brown’s book Cinemas and Theatres of Portsmouth From Old Photographs, more than 60 past and present cinemas and theatres are recorded.
Published by Amberley at £12.99, it is available from the following offices of The News: The News Centre, Hilsea; Lake Road, Portsmouth; West Street, Fareham; High Street, Gosport and West Street, Havant.
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