Shop fronts show names from the past

The Classic Cinema in Commercial Road
The Classic Cinema in Commercial Road
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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A market trader unloads his wares outside the Classic Cinema in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, in 1938.

It is interesting to note the names from the past on the adjacent shops – Home and Colonial Stores and Weaver to Wearer – and some names which still exist today, H Samuel and Bateman Optician.

The Classic cinema (here showing Get Off My Foot) began life as Cinenews on September 14, 1936, and was renamed in 1937.

It was unusual in that it was one of the few news theatres to have opened outside London and ran a continuous hourly performance of cartoons, comedies and news programmes.

It eventually closed in August 1972 – its site now lost in the modern Commercial Road development.