The Majestic/Essoldo/ New Classic Cinema

223 Kingston Road, Portsmouth


The Majestic/Essoldo was opened in 1922 as "The Majestic" and showed its first sound film in July 1929. The one thing that sets this cinema aside from the rest, apart from the fact that its architect was A.E.Cogswell, was that the film was projected onto the back of the screen (rear projection) eliminating the projection beam which would normally pass over the heads of the audience. The interior decoration was different to any other cinema as the screen seemed to be suspended in 'mid air' with curtains behind it that were illuminated by coloured lighting in the interval, Like most A.E.Cogswell buildings it is now a Grade II listed building.