The Shaftesbury Cinema

140-142 Kingston Road, Portsmouth


The Shaftesbury Cinema, Kingston Rd, opened as Shaftesbury Hall showing silent films with an orchestra, then before 1921, an organ was installed. In 1929 was renamed 'The Shaftesbury Cinema'. Licence transferred to 'Portsmouth Town Cinemas Ltd'. New projection equipment fitted (Palace Cinema at the same time), and both cinemas featured silent films and orchestras. Sound films were shown from 1930. The Shaftesbury closed as a cinema in 1975