North Street: Portslade

Memories of the 1950/60s

By Daniel C.

 
Photo:North Street: Pavilion Cinema on the left

North Street: Pavilion Cinema on the left

From the private collection of Jennifer Drury

The flea pit cinema

I was brought up in Portslade and spent a lot of time around the North Street/ Trafalgar Street area in the late fifties to mid sixties. Reading the Portslade memories here on the website has reminded me of things I thought I had forgotten. I do remember The Pavilion Cinema, North Street; it was truly a flea pit with broken seats and it was pretty grotty.

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Saturday morning pictures

Later on my friends and I used to go to The Rothbury in Franklyn Road. This was a much nicer place and not at all like the flea pit in North Street. I have an abiding memory of the manager shining his torch on unruly kids at the Saturday morning cinema club. We watched films like The Lone Ranger and Batman and Robin. Getting  very excited we would shout and jump up and down.

A very strange shop

In the 1960s I worked at the decorators merchants on the South side of Wellington Road. It was opposite a shop that was reputed to be selling....ahem..[hushed voice] marital aids. I was too young and innocent to know. But I did frequent the Feedwell Cafe in North Street, who did a memorable bacon sandwich for 1s 6d. The area was dominated then by Flexers paper sack factory.

This page was added on 04/07/2015.
Comments about this page

I lived in Norway Street, Portslade in 1949 and was a regular visitor to The Rothbury. I enjoyed the adventures of Superman - a serial which was the principal attraction for the Saturday morning film buffs.

By Alan Scales (06/07/2015)

My dad took me to the Pavilion to see "The Thing". It scared the hell out of me. I saw it on TV last night and I wondered how I could possibly have been afraid. Even the remake I found a bit feeble.The Rothbury was definitely an upgrade and we would go to the matinee on Saturday to see Roy Rogers and Tom Mix. An upgrade to the Rothbury was the Granada in Hove where I remember seeing "War of the Worlds" and "High and Mighty" on Sunday afternoons.

By Barry Flahey (12/07/2015)

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