30th December 1961 - the last film was shown at the old Odeon

101 DalmationsOn the 30th December 1961, the last film was shown at the Odeon Cinema in Fisherton Street[1]. The building is now Salisbury City Hall.

By 1961, the Fisherton Street Odeon was owned by a company called CMA. CMA also owned the Gaumont Palace in the New Canal - the current Salisbury Odeon[2]. Presumably, there was no point having one company operating two cinemas.

The first film to be shown at what was then the ‘New Picture House’ on 23rd September 1937 had been a short Disney film, so it was perhaps fitting that the last film was a Disney feature - the ‘101 Dalmations’.

Image Credit

The picture of 101 Dalmations is a link to the WHSmith page for the book. It’s an affiliate link, which means if you buy the book through clicking the picture I get a commission and eventually become filthy rich.


[1] The History of Salisbury City Hall, volume 1 : The Cinema Years

[2] The cinema in Endles Street was called ‘The Regal’