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Ah, the old Salon at Southsea.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:52 pm
The former Odeon Southsea when it was the Salon, about 1983.
The former Odeon Southsea when it was the Salon, about 1983.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Beauty contest on South Parade Pier in the 1950s
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.
USE SMALL acb cinema portsmouth The ABC cinema, Commercial Road, Portsmouth
Beauty contest on South Parade Pier in the 1950s
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.