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Savoy Cinema (1938 - 1959)



  • Existence: 10 November 1938 - 28 March 1959


The Savoy Cinema in Swaythiling, Southampton was built in the late 1930s in the Art Deco style. It was designed by Colin Farmer and built for owner Louis Zeid. It opened its doors to the public on 10 November 1938 showing Bette Davis in 'Jezebel'.

Originally it had a 1,500 seating capacity, which as audiences dwindled was reduced to just over 1,000.

The Savoy Cinema closed down on 28 March 1959, the last screening was David Lean’s 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. The building was demolished in 1961.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

Programmes , 1881 - 2016

Reference code: 178K53
Scope and Contents

Pre-Film and variety and music hall programmes mainly related to the travelling shows of Joseph Poole and Harry Poole, Harry H. Hamilton, Mapleston Brothers and Adams but it also includes other showmen.

Dates: 1881 - 2016

Savoy Cinema Programme, 10 November 1938

Reference code: 178K53.24
Scope and Contents Opening ceremony of the Savoy Cinema, High Road, Swaythling, Southampton, British Universal News, Coloured cartoons, Jezebel. Dark brown type on light brown card covers, inside listing of forthcoming attractions on reverse of front cover, black type on white background and black and white photograph of Louis Zeid with introduction, description of the Savoy and black and white photograph of the building, programme in the centre, commercial advertising and projection, sound and air...
Dates: 10 November 1938

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Archival Object 2
Collection 1
Acrobats 2
Aerialists 2
Anglo-Afghan Wars 2
Anglo-Burmese War, 3rd, 1885 1
Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882 2