The Gaiety

Albert Road, Southsea


The Gaiety, Albert Rd, when opened in 1924 there were steps down to the entrance from the slope leading up to the Albert Road, Southsea Railway Bridge. The cinema was re-directed in July/August 1929 and reopened on 5th August 1929 with its first sound film. In September 1931, the licence was transferred to Associated British Cinemas (ABC), then in June 1933 the licence was transferred to Regent Circuit Ltd, and then back to ABC in July 1937, to name but a few transfers. The final transfer was to Portsmouth Town Cinemas, so showed the same programmes as the Palace Cinema, Commercial Rd, and the Shaftesbury Cinema, Kingston Road. It closed in 1958. A supermarket, the first in Portsmouth, was built on the site.